As men come into the mature years, many health concerns require attention. They are past their vibrant youthful years and their bodies demand answers to often overlooked needs. Some of the most important tips that I can offer man to man would be the need to listen to your body as well as others outlined below:
Heart Disease– Make sure to keep tabs on your cholesterol levels. Follow an appropriate exercise routine to try and undo damage in your youthful years. During these years, most men fail to properly take care of the heart. It is often the least cared for as many believe that in their youth they were unstoppable.
Cancer-Follow up on annual physicals and head the advice of your physicians. Be sure to take the time to have colonoscopies, and have your PSA levels checked according to your physician’s recommendations. The most important aspect of early detection in self-exams of the testicles, breast areas and a drastic change in eating habit. Most cancers are treatable if caught early enough. Do not put off the markers in your life because you don’t think it could happen to you.
Erectile Dysfunction– the inability to achieve or maintain an erection can be due to a variety of reasons. “..physical injuries, drug and/or alcohol use, stress, anxiety, or other mental health issues are all possible suspects or contributing factors.” (2)Not all factors are a fault of your own. But you can seek medical advice and treatment to assistance you in this area. Be sure to mention this to your doctor, it has the ability to thwart other life threatening medical issues.
Suicide-Take care of your mental health. Any or all of the above situations can cause an increased risk of mental health issues. Depression isn’t just for the crazies, it is for the everyday person as they face the realities of life and aging. Depression doesn’t have to be the end all of life. It can be treated and handled in a professional way. Do not ignore the signs of feeling sadness, lack of interest in activities that you once enjoyed and more.
COPD-Not all COPD is caused by smoking. With advancements in medical treatments determinations are bing made that many professions place an individual at a high risk. While smoking continues to be the leading cause, any lung irritants have the potential to develop into COPD.
Never rule out any medical concerns based on loose and often shaky information. It is okay to take that information in so that you are better able to convey your concerns to your primary physician.