other health issues
Men and Prostate Health
As you age, your prostate gland can enlarge, causing difficulty urinating or frequent urination. This can be a benign condition, or it can be caused by an infection or even cancer. See your doctor for regular prostate exams to catch irregularities before they start, FamilyDoctor.org says.
Most common in men over 75, erectile dysfunction, or ED, can occur at any age. Caused by chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis, ED can also be caused by stress, fatigue or prescription medication. Many treatment options are available, but you must first treat the underlying cause.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal accidents for men, followed by falls and poisoning. Wear your seat belt, obey traffic laws and don’t drive when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are sleepy. Use hazardous chemicals only as directed, and use carbon monoxide detectors and nonslip mats in your home.
Chronic lower respiratory disease includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis and kills 5 percent of all men. The main cause is smoking, but exposure to hazardous chemicals can also contribute. Stop smoking now to reduce your risk, and use appropriate safety precautions like ventilators when working with chemicals.
Kidney disease usually occurs secondary to diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have a chronic condition, follow your doctor’s orders regarding treatment. Maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty of exercise and limiting your salt intake can reduce your risk.
Family history, age and race all contribute to your risk of stroke, but watching your weight, eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking and getting enough exercise can reduce your risk. African American men have a higher risk of stroke and of dying from a stroke because they are more likely to have high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor.
When choosing foods to eat, consider their impact on your health. Consider your family history and predisposition to diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Consider how the foods you choose may also affect your weight, and your blood pressure. Generally speaking your diet should include healthy servings of vegetables, healthy oils (such as Omega-3’s), low in saturated fat, high in fiber, low in salt and simple sugars, with a consideration for fruits that also contain anti-oxidants that help combat free radicals and reduce your risk to specific cancers.
Body Mass Index
Your body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. It is used to screen for obesity. The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery offers an online BMI calculator, health tips and a full complement of medical and surgical approaches to moderating w eight.