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Top 7 Threats to Men’s Health

What are the greatest threats to men? Race car driving, bungee jumping, drinking a case of beer every weekend, the list is long. In fact, the list is fairly short. Most threats are very obvious. Prevention is the key. The list is compiled by statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations.

For the average man these are:

  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • accidents (motor vehicle)
  • hronic respiratory diseases (COPD) such as bronchitis and emphysema
  • stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • suicide

The first 6 threats are obvious because a lot of education and literature has been published about them. Suicide is a leading men’s health risk, also. An important risk factor for suicide among men is depression. Men often refuse to discuss feelings of sadness, loss of a loved one, disappointments on the job, health or relationship concerns.

What signs and symptoms to look for if you think you are depressed?

  • Feelings of sadness or unhappiness 
  • Loss of interest in normal activities 
  • Leave me alone attitude

When do you do something about depression?

After several weeks or if you see a pattern every year at the same time, that is the time to make the phone call to your family doctor or call your neighborhood health center for a consultation. It is important to see your family doctor to be sure there is no physical reason for feeling so out of sorts. Something simple like eliminating or changing a dose of your daily medicine can make a big difference. It is good to know the 7 threats to men’s health. It is more important to do something about them!

For full article see ‘Boston Seniority’ article by Geraldine C. Wyse, RN.

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