Most men really don’t care about their health or rather they pretend not to care until things get out of hand. Most of the time men will just ignore symptoms that which could otherwise help save their life had they taken those symptoms seriously.
So dear man, you could save your own life if you pay attention to some of the symptoms that you ignore…
1. That big gut!
If your waist is bigger than your hips then you may be at a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. A man’s waistline at his biggest size should still be less than 40 inches. Having a large stomach could also contribute to stroke, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis.
2. Chronic constipation
Chronic constipation can be a sign of a tumor in the lower bowel that may be blocking waste from leaving the body. This could also be a signal of colorectal cancer (which can be present for many years before symptoms develop)which is the number 3 cancer related death in men.
Constipation always leads to straining which in turn causes those painful, itchy and uncomfortable hemorrhoids. Constipation worsens as one gets older and after one hits age 50 it gets worst as there are certain diet changes, decrease in exercise, constant popping of meds, illnesses etc.
Also look out for bloody or narrow stools, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, random cramping and bloating these could also be signs of colorectal cancer.
3. Erectile dysfunction
Problems of getting it up or keeping it there can be a side effect of some medications (for example, high blood pressure drugs and diuretics) or smoking. It also may mean that he is twice as likely to die of a heart attack, according to a German study of 1,519 men. ED is also linked to high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, vascular disease and neurologic disease.
4. Indigestion issues
Occasional heartburn is nothing to worry about, but chronic acid reflux – two or more times a week, especially at night – suggests that one has gastro-esophogeal reflux disease (GERD)
Left untreated, GERD can lead to inflammation, bleeding and ulcers of the esophagus and even esophageal cancer.
If the esophageal lining is constantly aggravated by leaking stomach acids, inflammation can occur and develop into a precancerous disease called Barrett’s esophagus. One in 50 of those with Barrett’s develops esophageal cancer.
5. Unquenchable thirst
An unquenchable thirst is a symptom of diabetes, an incurable metabolic disease that raises blood sugar levels. So are frequent urination, extreme hunger, fatigue, unexplained weight loss or gain, nausea, blurred vision, sores that are slow to heal, frequent infections, ED, and tingling in the hands and feet.
Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Risk factors include:
-Being older than 45 years of age
-Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
-High blood pressure
-History of vascular disease
-Habitual physical inactivity
6. He SNORES severely!
If a chainsaw or Mack truck can’t compete with your nightly noises…Get help! Chronic snoring can be serious.
Severe snoring accompanied by breathing lapses are signs of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and if untreated, it increases the risk of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, stroke and sudden death.
7. He feels pain while peeing.
In women, “it hurts when I pee” usually means an annoying bladder infection. In men, it signals an enlarged prostate gland or prostate cancer.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate, may be caused by hormone changes in aging men but painful urination is a sign of a more serious problem: prostate cancer, which 1 in 6 men will develop, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Your man’s risk increases if he’s over age 50, overweight, doesn’t exercise, or is African and has one or more first-degree relative (father, brother, son) with a history of prostate cancer.
Another risk factor: a vasectomy. Some studies have shown a link between the surgical birth control method and prostate cancer, but the increase in risk is relatively small, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Common symptoms of prostate cancer and BPH include trouble urinating, a weak urine stream, blood in urine or semen, pelvic pain or discomfort and frequent urinary tract infections.
8. Depression and thoughts of suicide
We all deal with work stress, money worries and other anxieties, but not all men can cope well. Suicide ranks 7th among the CDC’s top 10 causes of death in men.
Here are some signs that your mate may be suicidal…
-Suddenly visits friends or family (one last time)
-Sudden, significant decline or improvement in mood
-Gets affairs in order, including making a will
-Buys items that could be used to carry out suicide, such as a gun, rope or medications
-Talks about suicide
-Writes a note threatening suicide
Counseling, medication and other therapies could save his life.
9. He’s short of breath, wheezes or coughs up mucus
Shortness of breath, wheezing and a persistent cough can stem from several health conditions, such as asthma, obesity and heart disease. But it also signals chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a contributor to the fifth-leading cause of death in men, according to the CDC.
“COPD is almost always caused by smoking,” says Edward T. Bope, M.D., family medicine residency director at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Secondhand smoke, chemical fumes, air pollution and dust can also cause the disease.
Its symptoms shouldn’t be ignored because COPD gets worse as time goes by, Dr. Bope says.