Top Health Risks for Men

It’s hard to avoid all of life’s dangers and risks, but if you know what you are up against you may have a better chance. Men are known to have a shorter life expectancy than their female peers and, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the leading causes of death in men as of 2006, which is the latest year to be published.


1. Heart Disease 26.3%
2. Cancer 24.1%
3. Unintentional Injuries 6.6%
4. Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 4.9%
5. Stroke 4.5%
6. Diabetes 3.0%
7. Suicide 2.2%
8. Influenza and Pneumonia 2.1%
9. Kidney Disease 1.8%
10. Alzheimer’s Disease 1.8%

*For additional statistics by race, visit the CDC site


As you can see, some of these are unavoidable; however, there are many ways for you to take precautionary measures to help guard yourself from many of them. Here is a brief outline and suggestions for maintaining your health and avoiding these common dangers, diseases and conditions according to the CDC.


1.) Heart Disease: While men and women face many different health problems; heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women alike. There are certain factors beyond our control when it comes to keeping heart disease at bay – but here is a list of some of the most helpful ways to lower that risk.

  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly/stave active
  • Maintain a weight that is healthy for you
  • Don’t smoke and if you do, it’s time to quit!
  • Cut back on alcohol consumption


2.) Cancer: Certain types of cancer can be treated successfully with early detection and perhaps even avoided with certain types of preventative care. For example, in light of the development of the HPV vaccine, cervical cancer may now be avoided by those young women who choose to receive it.

  • Avoid tanning beds (skin cancer)
  • Eat fruits and vegetables
  • Staying physically active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight


3.) Unintentional Injuries: The name alone reflects the fact that perhaps it’s not so easy to avoid something that is “unintentional,” however this may also include accidents and other things that you can still be cautious about.

  • Always wear a seat belt
  • When on a bike or motorcycle, always wear a helmet


4.) Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease: This is really an umbrella term for many different respiratory ailments including COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis in addition to many others.

  • Don’t smoke and if you do, it’s time to quit!
  • Avoid as much secondhand smoke as possible
  • Avoid overly dusty and polluted areas


5.) Stroke: As the CDC explains, a stroke is sometime referred to as a “brain attack.” It has some similar characteristics of a heart attack and occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or the blood supply is cut off from the brain.

  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t smoke and if you do, it’s time to quit!
  • Don’t excessively drink alcohol – it can increase your risk by raising your blood pressure


6.) Diabetes: Anyone over 45 should begin getting tested for diabetes. You are most at risk if you are obese, have diabetic family members, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

  • Exercise and maintain weight and fitness level
  • Lose weight if you are obese
  • Eat healthier
  • Get screened regularly


7.) Suicide: If you ever have feelings of hopelessness or ongoing periods of depression, sadness or anxiety, make sure you speak with someone right away.

  • Speak with someone about how you are feeling
  • Participate in many different activities and do the things you love
  • Don’t hold in sadness, grief or anger
  • Ask for help


8.) Influenza and Pneumonia: It’s difficult to avoid coming in contact with the flu or the common cold. If left untreated, these respiratory problems can be far worse and, for some, can lead to death.

  • Get a flu vaccine
  • Make sure to wash or sanitize your hands frequently
  • See a doctor if symptoms do not seem to be improving


9.) Kidney Disease: This is most easily recognized by the loss of kidney function.

  • Control your  blood sugar if you are diabetic
  • Manage your high blood pressure


10.) Alzheimer’s Disease: This is a common problem for the nation’s elderly. Marked by confusion and loss of memory, Alzheimer’s is a condition that you are less likely to develop if you take a few precautions.

  • Don’t smoke or if you do, it’s time to quit!
  • Find a healthy outlet for stress relief
  • Exercise and maintain a healthy weight


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