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The State of Men’s Health

by Teresa Valdez on July 22, 2013

Did you know that men are 24% less likely than women to visit their health care providers during the year?  This can have a significant impact on a man’s health since many of the diseases that affect a man’s health can be prevented with lifestyle modification.  According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), the top 10 causes of death in males are the following:

1.  Heart disease

2.  Cancer

3.  Unintentional injuries

4.  Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases

5.  Stroke

6.  Diabetes

7.  Suicide

8.   Influenza and Pneumonia

9.  Kidney Disease

10.  Alzheimer’s Disease

Additionally, many diseases are co-morbid, or are additive to the risk of death when occurring together.  One example would be patients with both heart disease AND depression are 4.5 times more likely to have a heart attack than non-depressed cardiac patients.

HEART DISEASE AND STROKE

Compared to women, men are 22% more likely to have neglected their cholesterol levels and 28% more likely to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure (CHF)

PROSTATE CANCER

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.  It is recommended for men ages 50 and older to get screened.  Those at greater risk are African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer.

UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES

A significant number of deaths in men each year are caused by injuries.  The causes are, of course, age related but many can be prevented.  Older men have age-related physiological changes such as reduced vision, strength, balance, flexibility, etc. that make falls more dangerous.  Medications can have a significant role in these falls.  Some medications shown to almost double the risk of falls include some antidepressants (imipramine [Tofranil], etc.), benzodiazepines (alprazolam [Xanax], etc), and neuroleptics (gabapentin [Neurontin], etc.).  Others include analgesics, antiarrhythmics, & digoxin.

DIABETES & KIDNEY DISEASE

Compared to women, men are 32% more likely to be hospitalized for long-term complications of diabetes and twice as likely to have a leg or foot amputated due to complications of diabetes.  It is common for Diabetes to go undiagnosed for many years.  About one-third of people with diabetes are not aware that they have the disease.  It is estimated that the average time from the onset of disease to time of diagnosis is approximately 7 years.  Those at higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes include:  impaired glucose tolerance, age 45 or older, family history, overweight, sedentary lifestyle, low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and certain ethnicities (African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans)

Kidney disease is a long-term complication of diabetes.

BOTTOM LINE

The top 10 causes of death in men can very well be prevented by incorporating a healthy lifestyle.

 

Are you a man that’s concerned with the state of your health and want to make some changes?  I can be a source of support in helping you accomplish your health and wellness goals.

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