6 Top Health Threats to Men
What puts a man’s health at risk as he gets older?
Cardiovascular Disease: The Leading Men's Health Threat continued...
One in five men and women will die from cardiovascular disease, according to
Labarthe. For unclear reasons, though, men's arteries develop atherosclerosis
earlier than women's. "Men's average age for death from cardiovascular disease
is under 65," he says; women catch up about six years later.
Even in adolescence, girls' arteries look healthier than boys'. Experts
believe women's naturally higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL) are partly
responsible. Men have to work harder to reduce their risk for heart disease and
- Get your cholesterol checked, beginning at age 25 and every five
- Control your blood pressure and cholesterol, if they're high.
- If you smoke, stop.
- Increase your physical activity level to 30 minutes per day, most days
of the week.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables and less saturated or trans
"There's a saying that 'children should know their grandparents,'" says
Labarthe. "This is fatal or disabling condition that causes lost family time
and working time. But a large number of these events are preventable."
Lung Cancer: Still a Health Threat to Men
Lung cancer is a terrible
disease: ugly, aggressive, and almost always metastatic. Lung cancer spreads
early, usually before it grows large enough to cause symptoms or even show up
on an X-ray. By the time it's found, lung cancer is often advanced and
difficult to cure. Less than half of men are alive a year later.
So ... are you still smoking?
Tobacco smoke causes 90% of all lung cancers. Thanks to falling smoking
rates in the U.S., fewer men than ever are dying of lung cancer. But lung
cancer is still the leading cancer killer in men: more than enough to fill the
Superdome every year.
No effective screening test for lung cancer is available, although a major
study is going on to learn if CT scans of the chests of high-risk people can
catch cancer early enough to improve survival.
Quitting smoking at any age reduces the risk for lung cancer. Few preventive
measures are as effective -- or as challenging -- as stopping smoking. But new
tools are available that work to help men quit. Your doctor can tell you