It’s no secret that men often neglect their health. And while ignorance may be bliss temporarily, it can also unfortunately put you at higher risk of developing more serious health issues later on. Keeping your health in check will enable you to keep up with activities you enjoy well into your future. Why not start the new year by checking in on your health with these essentials:
The older our bodies become, the more cholesterol they produce. This can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, especially if you have a family history of high cholesterol. Ideally you should have your cholesterol checked around every 3 to 5 years. Perhaps more frequently if recommended by your doctor.
Another contributing factor to your risk of heart disease and strokes is high blood pressure. It’s quite common for people over the age of 65 to experience high blood pressure. Therefore, it’s important to have it tested regularly. You should have your blood pressure checked every year. These days, many pharmacies can do this free of charge.
Type 2 Diabetes
If you have a family history of diabetes or are overweight, you should get tested every few years. Type 2 diabetes, if left untreated, can lead to a whole range of health issues. These include increasing your risk of heart disease, vision impairment, kidney failure, and even nerve damage. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be at risk, and they can advise you on whether you need to get tested.
Prostate cancer is unfortunately very common, however it has one of the highest survival rates if treated in the early stages. Men aged over 50 have a much higher risk of prostate cancer, and doctors recommend you are tested every 2 years. Certain factors like having a family history of prostate cancer can increase your risk. Make sure to let your doctor know if this applies to you.
Although osteoporosis more commonly affects women, it can affect men too. Especially if you have a family history. You might also be at risk if you have a history of smoking, heavy alcohol use, steroid use, or low body weight. Experiencing bone fractures after the age of 50 may also be a sign of low bone density. It’s recommended for men aged over 70 to get a bone density test. However, speak to your doctor if you have concerns you may be at risk.
Forgetfulness is often just a part of growing older, or it can even be a symptom of depression. But if you have noticed sudden changes in your memory, and are concerned it may be something more serious than the usual memory blanks, speak to your doctor. It’s important not to jump to conclusions before you’ve spoken to a professional. To learn more about the differences between regular forgetfulness and dementia, you can read more here.
Unfortunately, men are also more likely to neglect their mental health, sometimes with devastating consequences. As we start to experience changes in our bodies and overall health, or new medications and their side effects, mental health issues can become magnified. If you’re struggling with mental health issues, don’t stay silent. Speak to a health professional who will be able to guide you on the best course of action for your wellbeing.
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