We all age differently. There are some health issues which affect men more than women. Senior men should be aware of these issues and how to prevent and manage health risks. (medicinenet)
Ten Health Problems Senior Men Face
- Liver Disease
- Cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, and hepatitis B
- Cardiovascular Disease
- One in three men have a form of cardiovascular disease putting them at risk for heart attack, stroke, and hypertension
- Respiratory Disease
- Lung cancer – especially those exposed to smoke, asbestos, and other hazards
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s can impair men’s decision-making abilities and considerably increase health risks
- Unintentional Injuries
- Accidents that occur during work, physical labor, exercise, and other activities can be dangerous for senior men, especially those with health conditions that may decrease bone strength.
- type 2 diabetes is a risk for senior men, which, if unmanaged, can have serious side effects like heart problems or circulation issues that cause a need for amputation.
- Skin Cancer
- Men older than 50 are at an elevated risk of developing skin cancer and are twice as likely as older women to get the disease.
- Sexually active senior men can contract HIV/AIDS and should practice safe sex.
- Prostate Cancer
- One of the most common cancers among men is prostrate cancer. When the cancer is caught early, it is quite treatable.
- Influenza/ Pneumonia
- Aging diminishes the immune system, making seniors more susceptible to contagious diseases like the flu or pneumonia. (Clinical Advisor)
Screenings for Aging Men
To maintain good health, men should get recommended screenings and annual checkups like the ones below:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Cholesterol levels
- Blood Pressure
- Fecal Tests (occult blood, FIT)
- Lung cancer screening for smokers
- Dental Exam
- Eye Exam
- Hearing Exam
- Colonoscopy (Medline Plus)
Living Healthy and Prevention
- Eat a fiber rich diet, lean protein, vitamins, minerals, and whole grains
- Participate in regular physical activity
- Socialize with others
- Get recommended shots
- Exercise the brain
- Use sunscreen
- Keep annual exams and pay attention to symptoms and report any early
- Manage stress
- Avoid smoking and drinking to excess
- Follow medication directions carefully (Health in Aging) (Mayo Clinic)
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