June 2018 - Men's Health Awareness Month ($50 off)

Although the life expectancy gap between men and women has been shrinking, several factors still work against men’s health –- particularly, higher rates of smoking and drinking than women and the tendency not to seek help.

Fortunately, many of the top men's health risks can be prevented or treated if diagnosed early. Here are the top health risks for men.

  • Cardiovascular Disease - 1-in-3 men have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. An estimated 2.8 million men experience a stroke each year and hypertension is common in younger men. Routine check-ups are important to monitor heart health.
  • Respiratory Disease - More men are diagnosed with lung cancer each year than in the past, according to the American Lung Association. Occupational hazards such as asbestos exposure contribute to this risk, but smoking remains the leading cause of lung cancer.
  • Alcohol Use - According to the CDC, Men experience higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of mouth, throat, esophageal, liver and colon cancers. It also interferes with testicular function and hormone production.
  • Depression and Suicide - Men experience depression differently than women, reporting symptoms of fatigue and irritability more often. They are also less likely to acknowledge the condition and seek help. Although women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to die by suicide.
  • Unintentional Injuries and Accidents - According to the CDC, unintentional injuries were the third leading cause of death for men in 2009, behind heart disease and cancer. Unintentional injuries accounted for 6.2% of deaths in men vs. 3.5% in women.
  • Diabetes - Diabetes presents a unique set of complications for men, including greater risk for sexual impotence, and lower testosterone levels which can lead to depression and anxiety. Untreated diabetes also contributes to nerve and kidney damage, heart disease, strokes and vision problems.
  • Skin Cancer - According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Men over the age of 50 years old are at the highest risk of developing skin cancer – more than twice as likely as women. This higher risk is likely attributable to more frequent sun exposure and fewer visits to the doctor.
  • Liver Disease - Higher levels of alcohol and tobacco use put men at risk for liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and alcoholic liver disease. Men who have sex with men are at increased risk for viral hepatitis B and should be screened accordingly.
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