While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has been closing in recent years, men still need to pay closer attention to their health. Several factors put men at higher risk of developing medical health conditions. For example, men tend to smoke and drink more than women; they do not seek timely medical help; and some men define themselves by their work, further adding to their stress level.
Also, there are health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels. The good news is that many of the major health risks that men face, like heart disease, can be prevented or successfully treated with healthier lifestyle choices and with timely diagnosis. Hence, screening tests and regular check-ups are a key to early diagnosis and successful treatment.
To start taking better care of your health, learn about your risk factors. Risk factors are things in your life that increase your chances of getting a certain disease. Some risk factors – such as your age or family history – cannot be changed. But many are in your control, such as a healthy diet and physical exercise.