There is a stereotype that men do not like going to the doctor. Well, it happens to be true. Cleveland Clinic asked over 500 men between the ages of 18 and 70 across the country and found that 40% of them will only go to see a doctor if they suspect they have a serious medical issue. There may be lots of reasons for this. Some people cannot afford to go to see a doctor whenever they wish. With Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) moving from its success in the House of Representatives to what will be a tougher time in the Senate, as many as 24 million fewer Americans are likely to be covered. If a person has to spend immense amounts of money to find out that there was nothing much wrong with them in the first place, they are not likely to go. The obvious danger with this is that people who do have something wrong with them will not go either and the condition might progress and reach a point where it has gone too far to be treatable. Politics aside, the fact remains that if you are going to look after yourself, you need to have regular check-ups and also be on the lookout for things that may be not quite right.
As everyone grows older, there are things that change. Some are good, like becoming wiser and more emotionally intelligent with experience. However, an awful lot of bad things can become more likely as you become older too. Here are a few of them that affect men in particular, and how to spot if they may be happening to you:
No one likes to talk about the issue of erectile dysfunction but a study found that 52% of men suffer from it at one time or another. More worryingly, it affects 40% of men under 40 and 70% of over 70s. Some have suggested that the availability and popularity of online pornography may be contributing to the increase in cases of ED. However, it may just be something as simple as having low testosterone. This affects about 15 million men in the United States, especially older men since testosterone production levels decrease 1% each year after you turn thirty. If you think you may have low testosterone, you should consider getting blood work done so that you can find out. You can find more information at lowtmedicalclinic.com. Fortunately, there are lots of treatment options available.
Another dangerous threat to men as they grow older is the possibility of prostate cancer. In the UK, it is the most common form of cancer in men and 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Men over fifty, and who have a father or brother who has had prostate cancer are at greatest risk. However, getting checked is easy. While a digital rectal examination does not appeal to a lot of people, if it gives you an indication of your health, then it is a good idea. The procedure only takes about twenty seconds anyway.