You probably noticed that somewhere around the age of 40 most men start “feeling” their age. Back aches and decreased energy are only the tip of the iceberg compared to some of the issues you could face after forty.
It is better to know what lies ahead, so you can more adequately prepare yourself (and your body) for what may be to come later in life. Begin educating yourself now, and check out a brief synopsis of a few of the most common health problems faced by men over the age of fifty.
The bad news about prostate cancer is that an average of one out of every six men will have it in their lifetime. The good news is that most of those men will not die from the condition. You should have a very candid discussion with your family doctor about screening for signs.
The risk factor is higher in African-American males. If you begin having recurring issues with your urine flow, you may also want to go get checked. Testing is as simple as doing a blood test, so don’t worry about having to endure a painful procedure to find out.
Heart disease is still one of the leading killers of men, hands down. Don’t be like most dudes, and wait until your high blood pressure has caused lasting damage to your body to begin “changing your ways.”
The best defense against heart disease is to live a healthy life. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink excessively, and keep your weight under control. Staying active is a great way to keep your heart stronger longer.
Erectile dysfunction is a very common occurrence in men over 50, but you are at a higher risk of developing the condition if you have had your prostate removed. You should also be aware that men who suffer from erectile dysfunction are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
If you believe you’re having problems with ED, you should address the issue with your doctor immediately. A blood test can signal whether or not you are having issues with low testosterone, and get you on your way to treatment.
Diabetes is the number one sign that your doctor should be keeping an eye on your pancreas. Pancreatic cancer is very painful, and typically results from problems with too much insulin in the body. Being overweight can be very dangerous for men over 50 who have a family history of pancreatic cancer.
Men over 50 are faced with a whole slew of changes in social standings, libido, and overall mobility. For many men, these challenges can result in a swing in and out of a state of depression. Don’t be too stubborn to address your mental challenges with a professional, and get your depression under control.