Men’s Health: Prevent the Top Threats

Do you know the greatest threats to men’s health? mens health basketball

Surprisingly, the list is short. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top causes of death among adult men in the U.S. are heart disease, stroke, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease.

The good news is that a few lifestyle changes can significantly lower your risk of these common killers. Take charge of your health by making healthier lifestyle choices. For example:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise
  • Limit alcohol
  • Manage stress

Stop avoiding the doctor! Your doctor can be your best ally for preventing health problems. Be sure to follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations and ask your doctor about when you should have cancer screenings and other health evaluations.

Another common cause of death among men are motor vehicle accidents. To stay safe on the road, use common sense: wear your seat belt, follow the speed limit, don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or any other substances, and don’t drive while sleepy. 

Suicide is another leading men’s health risk. If you have signs and symptoms of depression, consult your doctor. Treatment is available. If you’re contemplating suicide, call for emergency medical help or go the nearest emergency room. 

The Bottom Line

Understanding health risks is one thing. Taking action to reduce your risks is another. Start with healthy lifestyle choices by eating a healthy diet, staying physically active, quitting smoking and getting recommended health screenings. The impact may be greater than you’ll ever know.

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