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Top 3 Men’s Health Risks

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Top 3 Men’s Health Risks

Health Risks Every Man Should Know

Men are significantly less likely to go to the doctor for routine tests and screenings than women, making them far more susceptible to developing severe health complications that go unnoticed and unaddressed. With that being said, it is imperative that men pay more attention to their health and keep an eye out for certain conditions that men are at an increased risk of developing.

In light of Men's Health Month, the health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to share several health conditions that men should keep on their radar.

1. Heart Disease

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, being responsible for about 1 in 4 male deaths. Heart disease is also commonly referred to as the “silent” killer because many men go without any symptoms that point to the presence of heart disease.

2. Type 2 Diabetes

The CDC states that men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes at a lower body weight than women due to the way that weight is distributed throughout the body. Unlike women, men tend to hold a majority of their weight in the trunk of the body.

Undiagnosed and untreated type 2 diabetes can leave men more likely to experience the following health issues:

  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Male incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • And retrograde ejaculation.

3. Prostate Cancer

The CDC states that about 13% of American men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives, and 2 in 3 of those men will die from the chronic health condition. While many risk factors can increase a man's likelihood of developing prostate cancer, age is the most significant one—making routine screenings important. It is recommended that men from the age of 55 to 79 should get a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test regularly.

Primary Care in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of highly trained and experienced family physicians is dedicated to providing services to patients of all ages in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas.

To learn more about our primary care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).