Top Health Risks for Men

Protecting Men’s Health Through Awareness

It may come as no surprise that men are less likely to report an injury or visit their doctor for unusual symptoms compared to women. What’s more is the fact that men are less likely to take care of themselves as they age, leaving them vulnerable to poor health.

To protect your health, it’s essential to know your risks. Men are at risk for a variety of different health conditions, but some of the most common include:

Heart Disease

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, men have a higher risk of developing heart disease than women do. In fact, studies show that one in three men are affected, while one in four male deaths are a result of the condition. Additionally, men are more likely to have heart attacks much earlier in life.

COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects nearly two million men in the US every year. Additionally, men are almost twice as likely as women to die from COPD.

There are a number of conditions that can contribute to COPD, including:

  • Emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, dust, fumes, or air pollution.

Depression & Addiction

It’s important to not only focus on men’s physical health but their mental health as well. According to research from The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), at least 6 million men suffer from depressive disorders, including suicidal thoughts, annually. Men are also prone to higher rates of aggression and sexual assault against women.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that men face higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women do. Men have also been found to binge drink twice as much as women. Excessive drinking can lead to higher risks of cancers and infertility.

Accidents & Injuries

Injuries and accidents are common risks that men face due to unsafe behaviors or risky occupations. This includes a higher rate of car accidents and motorcycle accidents as well. A 2017 study found that the fatality rate for men in the workplace was about 10 times that of women.

Diabetes

Men are more likely than women to develop type 2 diabetes — a condition that can lead to more severe chronic issues such as kidney damage, strokes, and heart disease.

Men with diabetes face additional risks compared to women, including the risk of lower testosterone levels and sexual impotence.

Prevention Tips for Men

While there are many health risks that men face, there are also steps that they can take to improve their overall health and prevent many chronic conditions.

This might include making healthy lifestyle choices such as:

  • Eating a nutritious diet.
  • Getting regular exercise.
  • Avoiding tobacco products.
  • Visiting the doctor regularly for check-ups.
  • Seeking treatment for underlying conditions or psychological issues.

Primary Care for Men in Ridgecrest, CA

With proper care and attention to their health needs, men can enjoy long and healthy lives free from the risks posed by these common conditions. To learn more about our primary care services at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).