What are the Biggest Health Threats to Men?

If you take better care of your car than you do yourself, you’re probably a guy. But not taking care of your health can cause problems in the long run.

Some common health threats for men are:

  • Heart disease - One in three adult men has some form cardiovascular disease, according the American Heart Association. High cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and extra weight are some risk factors that can cause heart disease, which damages your arteries.
  • High blood pressure - While high blood pressure (hypertension) doesn’t usually cause symptoms, it causes heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and other health problems.
  • Diabetes - If you have the most common type of diabetes—type 2—your body has higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels because it can’t use insulin correctly. Untreated diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and more.
  • High cholesterol - High levels of bad cholesterol in your blood form plaque that builds up in the walls of your arteries, narrowing the opening for blood to flow. Over time, this can cause heart attack or stroke.

If you—or the man in your life—aren’t a fan of the doctor, think of regular check-ups much like a car tune-up: they may keep things running smoothly and prevent future problems.

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