What are Medical Conditions that Occur in Men?

Certain medical conditions can have a more significant impact on one sex over another. While it’s important to take care of your health in general, it’s also important to be aware of specific conditions. AFC Urgent Care Bedford is here to help make your health a priority. While we specialize in conditions requiring urgent treatment, we can also provide health resources when you need them. Visit our center today to learn more.

Heart Disease

Heat disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. It often causes the arteries to harden, which causes blood clots and restricts blood flow. This can result in stroke or heart attack. Men are more likely to develop atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries, earlier than women. 

With all of that in mind, it’s important to take precautions as early as possible to avoid the risk of stroke or heart attack. Precautions can include:

  • Keeping your cholesterol low and getting it checked every five years, beginning at age 25
  • Stop smoking
  • Keep blood pressure at normal levels
  • Receive at least 30 minutes of exercise every day
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer transfats

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer cells often spread and develop before they are detectable on an x-ray. By the time symptoms begin, the cancer is already advanced and difficult to cure. Smoking tobacco causes 90% of all lung cancer cases. Currently, the most effective way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking cigarettes. The earlier you quit, the better off you are. 

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, next to skin cancer. That being said, many cases of prostate cancer develop slowly and do not spread. It’s best to see your doctor regularly and get tested when recommended, as it’s important to keep all options in mind.

Diabetes

Diabetes can happen throughout years of blood sugar slowly increasing. The increasing rate of obesity may also be a contributing factor. Too much glucose slowly poisons the blood and nerves, resulting in heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, and amputations. 

Exercising 30 minutes a day, or losing weight if you are overweight, can help prevent diabetes. Eating healthy can also contribute to reducing the risk of diabetes by 50%. 

Depression & Suicide

Depression causes more than just a bad mood. The chemical imbalance in the brain can cause sleep disruption, a loss or an increase in appetite, and a decrease in energy levels. Men are often found to hide their feelings and turn to other substances to cope with their emotions.

Suicide is the 8th highest cause of death in men and women. While women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to complete it. Therapy and medication can help those who are feeling depressed. Be sure to speak with your doctor or another trusted person if you think you’re depressed.