Aging affects everyone differently, but some issues affect men more than women. Senior men should be aware of these 10 health problems in order to prevent and manage health risks. (MedicineNet)
Ten Health Problems Senior Men Face
Aging men are at increased risk of the following ten health problems:
- Liver Disease
Cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, and hepatitis B are all risks for senior men.
- Cardiovascular Disease
One in three men has a form of cardiovascular disease. Many men are at risk of heart attack, stroke, and hypertension.
- Respiratory Disease
Lung cancer is a risk for men, especially those exposed to smoke, asbestos, and other hazards.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s can impair men’s decision-making abilities and considerably increase health risks.
- Unintentional Injuries
Accidents that occur during work, physical labor, exercise, and other activities can be dangerous for senior men, especially those with health conditions that may decrease bone strength.
Type 2 diabetes is a risk for senior men, which, if unmanaged, can have serious side effects like heart problems or circulation issues that cause a need for amputation.
- Skin Cancer
Men older than 50 are at an elevated risk of developing skin cancer and are twice as likely as older women to get the disease.
Sexually active senior men can contract HIV/AIDS and should practice safe sex.
- Prostate Cancer
One of the most common cancers among men is prostate cancer. When this cancer is caught early, it is quite treatable.
Aging diminishes the immune system, making seniors more susceptible to contagious diseases like the flu or pneumonia.
Screenings for Aging Men
To maintain good health as seniors, men should get screenings as recommended by medical professionals. Examples of annual checkups and screenings that are recommended for men over 65 are:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Cholesterol levels
- Blood pressure
- Fecal occult blood (stool-based) test
- Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
- Lung cancer screening (for those who regularly smoked in the past 15 years)
- Dental exam
- Eye exam
- Hearing test
Men should also have a colonoscopy performed every ten years and be screened for conditions they may be prone to due to genetics or lifestyle, like osteoporosis.
Top Prevention Strategies:
To avoid preventable diseases, men should use these strategies:
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Keep up with annual physicals and screening
- Pay attention to symptoms and report any to a doctor
- Manage stress
- Avoid smoking and drinking to excess
- Carefully follow the directions for medications
HOME CARE TIP:
Depression and anxiety can affect senior men, even though men are less likely to report symptoms than women. Loved ones should talk to aging men if they notice symptoms of these conditions, which can be harmful to a man’s health.