Common men's health problems: Top three risks

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Although men are notorious for not wanting to go to a doctor, there are several common health problems that put them at risk. It is important that men pay attention to their health and discuss their concerns with a doctor. The following three health conditions can put their life at risk and cause serious complications.

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Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is considered to be the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) on the planet, and men are at a high risk of acquiring it. One of the main concerns about trichomoniasis in men is that it can increase the transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases. This is caused by the disease creating inflammation in the body and making it more susceptible to other pathogens. In addition, research shows that men who have trichomoniasis are at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer.

Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite that can be transmitted from person to person through bodily fluids. Unfortunately, many people do not have any symptoms and are not aware they have the disease. In some cases, men may notice mild symptoms such as irritation, pain, burning or inflammation. It is important to seek treatment, and antibiotics are commonly used.

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease is another common health problem for men, and it is the cause of one out every four male deaths. Heart disease affects men of all ethnic backgrounds. A person has a heart attack every 34 seconds in the United States. Cardiovascular disease is characterized by the buildup of plaque in the heart or brain. This can result in blood clots, strokes and heart attacks.

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There are several symptoms of cardiovascular disease that should not be ignored. Men are more likely to have chest pain, weakness and shortness of breath. Pain can be felt in the chest, jaw, throat, back or neck. Men’s symptoms can vary from the ones commonly seen among women, so it is important to pay attention to your body. Depending on the severity of the problem, men may require surgery and drugs to recover. Treatments can include medications, lifestyle modifications and surgeries. In addition, it is important to control your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood glucose levels, weight and diet to avoid cardiovascular disease.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is considered to be one of the most common cancers among men. It affects one out of every seven men in the country. Although it can cause serious problems, many men who are diagnosed will survive, and the survival rates are high for this cancer. The most common symptoms of prostate cancer are urination problems, erectile dysfunction, weakness, pain and blood in urine. It is crucial that you discuss your symptoms with a doctor and get an early diagnosis.

Although survival rates tend to be high for prostate cancer, it can still cause multiple problems for men. Researchers point out that the issues are caused by a combination of cancer treatments and the progression of the disease. In many cases, men may experience incontinence, impotence, infertility and weak bones. It is important to seek help early in the disease.

Getting treatment

Men may avoid going to the doctor unless they are seriously ill or forced to go by a friend or family member. This creates the danger of missing out on an early diagnosis and potential life-saving treatment. It is important to seek medical help as soon as symptoms appear, so you can discuss them with a doctor and get a second opinion. This allows you to have the greatest range of treatment options and more time to consider them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) frequently finds that men who seek treatment early have a higher chance of overcoming the disease.

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