Getting old is never fun but once men hit middle age that is when you can expect to start having problems with your health. As you grow older that is when the risks increase and you start seeing health problems. Here are 5 common health risks in men over 40, if you think you have any of these symptoms then get to your doctor right away.
1 Cardiovascular Disease
This covers a whole host of problems that begins with high blood pressure but can inevitably lead to heart disease and strokes. Heart disease is a leading cause of death among American men, they have the highest rates of heart disease globally. Get you blood pressure checked regularly and make the necessary lifestyle changes. Here is how to reduce your risks of heart attack according to the Mayo Clinic.
2 Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer affects only men and the number of cases diagnosed each year is on the rise. There are more than 200,000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed each year in the US alone. It is estimated that 1 in every 6 men will be diagnosed with this type of cancer. It will kill 1 of every 35 men. If you are over 40 there is screening available and it is time to get tested.
3 Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is an aggressive form of cancer and you could be at stage 3 or 4 before you develop any symptoms or before it shows up on an x-ray. The further advanced it gets the harder it can be to treat. 90% of all cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking. Quit smoking now. There are plenty of options available to help you along, just tell your doctor that you want to quit.
4 Depression and Suicide
Depression in men is more common than ever and it can affect your health. Depression isn’t just feeling sad it is feeling of inadequacy and despair that lead to suicidal thoughts. Suicides among men over 40 have reached alarming rates. Speak to someone, there is help available. There is still too much stigma attached to mental health for many men to seek the help that they need.
5 Erectile Dysfunction
This is in no way life threatening yet it is still a serious condition. As you age the level of testosterone in your body drops and it can affect your health in a number of ways including causing ED. Erectile dysfunction has a number of other causes as well and it should be taken seriously. Get medical attention to get to the root cause.