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It is well known that men are much
less likely than women to seek basic or
routine preventative medical care
.
Tere are certain common men’s health
problems that are treatable if caught
early enough, but can be permanently
debilitating or even fatal if they are
not detected until symptoms make
themselves known
.
Common issues of
this type include heart disease, prostate
problems, and hypertension
.
Tese are
all potentially silent killers that can be
prevented or treated if detected early
enough
.
Heart disease is the most common killer
of both men and women
.
In the U
.
S
.
,
an estimated 61.8 million people live
with cardiovascular disease
.
Te sad
fact is that most Americans eat high
fat diets and do not exercise much if
at all
.
Tis leads to high cholesterol
levels that can block the crucial cardiac
arteries causing heart muscle failure
or can lead to blood clots elsewhere in
the body that can progress to the heart
and cause a heart attack
.
Fortunately,
if heart disease is detected before
major damage to the heart muscle has
occurred then treatments are available
.
Lifestyle changes are the frst line of
defense in prevention and treatment
of cardiovascular disease
.
Medical
interventions range from drugs to
surgery
.
Taking medication and by
following a physician approved program
of diet and exercise means that men can
live a long and full life, even with heart
disease
.
Te statistics on prostate cancer are
grim
.
Prostate cancer is the most
common cancer, excluding skin cancers,
in American men
.
Te American Cancer
Society
(
ACS
)
estimates about 234,460
new cases of prostate cancer will be
diagnosed in the United States
.
It is
estimated that eighty percent of men who
reach the age of eighty will be diagnosed
with prostate cancer
.
As Americans
continue to live longer lives, the overall
impact of prostate cancer is becoming
more prevalent
.
Fortunately, prostate
cancer is easily treated if it is detected
early in the disease’s progression
.
For
this reason, it is very important that
men over the age of forty receive annual
prostate examinations
.
Typically, the
progression of prostate cancer is quite
slow, and many people can live with the
disease for years without experiencing
any symptoms
.
Some of prostate
cancer Symptoms:
1
.
Increase in urination
frequence, specially at night
.
2
.
Difculty in starting urination
with painful or burning sensation
3
.
Painful ejaculation
4
.
Blood in urine or semen
5
.
Pain or stifness in the back,
hips, or upper thighs
Hypertension, or high blood
pressure, is ofen called “the
silent killer” because it is usually
asymptomatic until a heart
attack or stroke occurs
.
For this
reason, everyone should receive
regular blood pressure screenings
regardless of age or sex
.
If caught
early enough, hypertension can be
treated via medication and
/
or by
change in lifestyle
.
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