Many of the serious health risks that men face can actually be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Our latest blog explains 4 unique challenges facing men’s health, and how to deal with them successfully.
Men Are Less Likely Than Women to Seek Out Health Care
Did you know that men are less likely than women to seek out health care? In fact, a survey conducted in 2016 proved that approximately 60% of men do not go to the doctor even if they believe they have a serious medical condition. Although many of us do not enjoy trips to the doctor, early detection and intervention of health concerns are essential to receiving effective treatment for our health conditions. Delaying annual checkups or ignoring medical problems can lead to severe conditions that may have been prevented by regular checkups. If you are looking for ways to improve your health habits and living decisions, here are a few suggestions:
- Do not ignore warning signs
- Do not be afraid to ask for help
- Attend your annual health screenings
- Be honest with your doctor
Many Men Are Unsure When They Should Receive Preventative Screening
Prostate, colorectal, lung, and skin cancers are all common cancers that affect men. As men get older, their chances of developing prostate cancer increases. Regular cancer screenings are the best way to detect cancerous growths and begin treatment. Studies have shown, however, that many men across various age groups are not aware of the right age to be screened for these serious health conditions. By learning about different types of cancers that are common for men, as well as your screening options, you can actively prevent developing these types of cancer and potentially save your life. Here are the recommended ages that men should receive preventative screening:
- Prostate cancer: You should receive screening for prostate cancer between the ages of 40 and 50 (depending on your risk level).
- Colorectal cancer: Screening for colorectal cancer should begin around age 45 and continue through age 75.
- Lung cancer: If you are a current or former smoker, you should receive screening between the ages of 55-74.
- Skin cancer: Screening for skin cancer should generally begin in your 20s and 30s. However, if you identify an abnormal mole on your skin or have a family history of skin cancer, you should receive screening sooner.
Men Have a Harder Time Seeking Treatment for Mental Illness
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Mental illness is recognized in the same degree as a physical condition such as diabetes. However, men are less likely to ask for help when struggling with mental illness, and this causes male depression to often go undiagnosed. This is due to a variety of reasons. Many men struggle to admit they are battling mental health issues and view depression as a sign of weakness. This Men’s Health Month, make your mental health a priority. Here are a few signs to remain aware of that may indicate a need for external intervention:
- Mood swings
- Difference in work/ school performance
- Weight fluctuation
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Stomach issues
Men Are More Likely Than Women to Die of Heart Disease
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States? In 2019, one in every four males died from this condition. While some men may not experience symptoms of heart disease, others may experience symptoms such as a heart attack, arrhythmia, or heart failure. Common health conditions among men that make them more susceptible to heart disease include high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. Fortunately, heart disease is largely preventable. Here are a few ways you can reduce your risk:
- Have your blood pressure checked regularly
- Quit smoking
- Maintain an active lifestyle
- Eat a healthy diet
- Limit your alcohol intake
Connected Health in Wexford, Pennsylvania is a concierge primary medicine practice that believes strongly in putting the focus back on the patient. We connect our patients not just with physicians, but also pharmacists, personal trainers and registered nutritionists. If you’d like to learn more about our concierge care services or want to explore your membership options, give us a call at (724) 933-4300. You can also book an appointment online!