Health-conscious men typically focus on going to the gym and building muscle mass. While this is a positive start, there are many serious diseases that men may face during their lifetimes, and most of them are unaware of the symptoms such illnesses can bring. To increase your chances of early detection, always visit your doctor for an annual checkup, and educate yourself about the symptoms that may need further investigation.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S., and it is a largely preventable condition. The disease includes several different kinds of heart and blood vessel problems, including heart attacks, strokes, coronary artery disease, and atrial fibrillation. To reduce your risk of these conditions, try to maintain a healthy weight and eat a healthy diet that is low in red meat and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense exercise each week. In addition, have your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar monitored regularly by your physician, and take any medications that you have been prescribed.
Like cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer is a leading cause of death for American men. To reduce your risk, have a prostate exam as part of your yearly checkup, and mention any changes, difficulties, or pain you may be experiencing with urination. In addition, doctors advise that men should get plenty of vitamin D, Vitamin B-6, and drink plenty of water. You may also want to ask your doctor about whether you should have a blood test known as a PSA test. This test can measure the level of prostate-specific antigen, and doctors can use the results to determine if additional tests are needed.
Testicular cancer often affects young men in their 20s and 30s, and it is one of the most curable types of cancer. Symptoms of this condition may include a lump on the testicle (with or without pain), enlargement of the testicle, and a sensation of heaviness or dull aching in the lower abdomen. Patients may also experience a cough or pain in the lower back. To reduce the risk of testicular cancer, doctors recommend that men perform a testicular self-examination once a month, and a clinical testicular exam is typically included as part of an annual checkup.
Source: Testicular Cancer Society
If you have any concerns about your health or are experiencing any symptoms that are unusual for you, be sure to schedule a visit with your doctor as soon as possible. While your health issues may not turn out to be serious, early detection can save lives.