4 Diseases that Affect More Men than Women
Did you know that certain diseases, like heart disease and even some cancers, are more likely to affect men than women?
For this Men’s Health Awareness Month, we’re going to discuss some diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect men.
Testicular and Prostate Cancer.
Hundreds of thousands of men are affected by these cancers every year but the prognoses for prostate and testicular cancer, when caught early, are generally excellent. Survival rates drop significantly once the cancer has metastasized to other parts of the body, which is why it’s especially important to never assume that you’re perfectly healthy just because you’re young or don’t “feel sick.” In fact, testicular cancer affects mostly young adults, men aged 20-34, and may present with no or few symptoms.
You may experience these symptoms with testicular cancer, if any.
• Lower back pain
• Testicle tenderness, redness or swelling
• A lump, which may feel as small as a pea
• Swollen lymph nodes
• Weight loss
Prostate cancer may present with the following symptoms.
• Frequent urination
• Pain when urinating
• Blood in urine
• Sudden onset of erectile dysfunction
• Discomfort when sitting
Speak with your general physician to determine your personal risk.
While both men and women suffer from heart disease, men are more likely to develop this disease. This may be due to a number of factors, including biological and social. Research also indicates that men are more likely to be obese, and obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease. Additionally, men carry more abdominal fat, meaning they’re ‘top-heavy,’ while women tend to carry more fat in their lower halves. An excess of abdominal fat has been shown to increase the likelihood of heart disease.
Heart disease is a mostly preventable disease, though, and it’s never too late to start improving your health. Certain habits, like drinking excessively and eating red meats high in saturated fats, have been shown to significantly increase chances of developing this disease. Try limiting alcoholic drinks to special occasions and red meats to a weekly indulgence. Meats like chicken and certain fishes pack just as much protein, but considerably less fat.
Cirrhosis and Alcoholic Liver Disease.
Men are more likely to develop cirrhosis, which occurs when the liver is exposed to heavy amounts of toxins, either alcohol or chronic infection, causing severe scarring and poor liver function. Cirrhosis is a characteristic of end-stage liver disease and will be fatal unless a liver transplant occurs. Alcoholic liver disease results from long-term alcoholic abuse, but may develop after only a couple of years of excessive drinking. Unlike end-stage liver disease, alcoholic liver disease is reversible.
At Concho Valley ER, the health of our community is our top priority. Men’s Health Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to schedule an appointment with your regular physician and discuss how you can improve your health.
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