Health is an important topic for everyone, especially as we age. As we grow older, certain health conditions start to pose a larger risk—and some conditions are more likely among men than women.
Since we focused on women’s health in our last blog, our in-home care providers at Qualicare Newmarket want to share some insight about men’s health concerns today.
Take Steps to Lower Your Risk
Let’s look at some health issues that are common among older men:
Heart Disease & Stroke
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease and stroke are the first and second leading causes of death worldwide.
As men age, the risk of heart disease and stroke increases. Beyond increasing age, other risk factors for these conditions include:
- High blood pressure
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
While there are some risk factors you can’t control, like age and family history, there are many others you can control through a healthy lifestyle.
By eating a well-balanced diet to keep your cholesterol numbersin a normal range and exercising to help maintain a healthy weight and normal blood pressure, you can help to lower your risk of heart disease rather than raise it.
Did you know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men worldwide? Lung cancer symptoms in men include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Multiple pneumonias
While some lung cancer cases are not preventable, the vast majority of them are associated with smoking.
If you or someone you know is a smoker, strive to make 2018 the year you quit to help lower your riskof lung cancer. When you quit, your health benefits immediately—and those effects continue for years.
Are you looking for help caring for your loved one? Visit the Qualicare Newmarketwebsite today to learn how our in-home care providers can help improve the health and quality of life of your loved one.