Top health risks for men over 50 Canadian Health Expert

Top health risks for men over 50  Canadian Health Expert

Top health risks for men over 50

Posted by : Brian WalkerThursday, January 9th, 2014

Today, men are living longer than they ever have before. With longevity, however, comes the inevitable increase in the risk of developing certain diseases, illnesses and conditions, all of which can greatly impair the quality of those later years. The best way to combat these health risks is to face them head on, knowing the factors that contribute to their development and the symptoms they present will increase the likelihood that they will be caught in time.

The number one cause of death in the United States is heart disease.  Simply being a man is a risk factor, as is being over the age of 45 years. Having relatives with heart disease further increases the risk for an individual. While these risks are unavoidable ones, there are other risk factors that can be avoided through lifestyle changes. These include; diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), poor nutrition and dietary choices, obesity, lack of sufficient physical activity and smoking.

Many men do not even realize that they have diabetes and that lack of knowledge can be deadly. In addition to the damage that diabetes can do to the eyes, nerves, kidneys and cardiovascular system, it is one of the top ten causes of death in the US.

Diabetes may be prevented when it is in the “pre-diabetes” phase, a point in the disease where the blood glucose levels are elevated slightly and somewhat inconsistently, demonstrating the body’s pending struggles with insulin. In this stage, diet changes, an increase in physical activity and losing weight may be all that is needed to curtail its development. These changes must be permanent, however, and may still not eliminate the eventual need for prescription diabetic medications.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer and ED

There has been an increase in the diagnosis of enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, simply because men are living longer. BPH symptoms include difficult urinating in a variety of forms, including a weak stream and frequent urgency.

BPH is often linked together with erectile dysfunction or ED, primarily because a number of medications used to treat BPH are also used to treat ED and vice versa. ED may also be connected to cardiovascular problems, since it is caused by a decrease in blood circulation resulting in an inability to maintain an erection.

Neither BPH nor ED has a direct connection to prostate cancer, another health risk that is on the rise among men over the age of 50.

Prescription medications are the primary method for treating most of the top health risks for men. Heart disease medications may function to lower cholesterol, improve heart muscle function, lower blood pressure and thin the blood to improve oxygenation through blood flow. Diabetes medications primarily assist the body in produce insulin to metabolize glucose for energy. BPH medications help to slow the enlargement of the prostate, even shrinking it in some cases, while ED medications help to increase blood flow when desired.

All of these medications are required on a long-term basis and the cost and inconvenience of refilling prescriptions adds up. Many men with chronic conditions see online pharmacies as a natural choice since they offer a low-cost way to get medication as needed shipped direct-to-door.

I am Brian Walker a 34-year old pharmacist teaching at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. I am a single man living with my male partner in a townhouse in the Allston-Brighton part of Boston. Music is my passion and I like to think that I am an accomplished pianist. I play the piano in a popular local jazz band. We chose the vibrant Allston area of Boston to live because of the lively atmosphere and the excellent restaurants and nightclubs on Brighton Avenue.

I write scientific papers in connection with my work and also like to blog about subjects relating to medication and its uses.

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