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Men’s Health Month: Preventable Health Problems
Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, health education and outreach activities. We celebrate it as an effort to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
Facts and Statistics on Diseases Affecting Men
You should know what your prostate is and what it does. Over 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that impact their quality of life. Each year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die from it.
Here are more facts:
- 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- Some men are at higher risk than others.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that men with a brother, father, or son who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop prostate cancer.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a big problem.
One in every three adult Americans — about 65 million people — have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Many more are at risk of developing it. Over half of all Americans age 60 and older have it. And over a lifetime, the risk of developing high blood pressure is 90%.
Typically, blood pressure increases with age. Risk of high blood pressure begins to climb when men hit age 45, although it can occur in younger men. Obesity or a family history of high blood pressure also increases risk.
High blood pressure is especially dangerous, because people can have it for years without knowing. In fact, one in three Americans with the condition doesn’t know it.
However, despite these gloomy statistics, high blood pressure is not inevitable. There is a lot you can do to prevent, delay, and treat the condition.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.
People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
- Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.
Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age. However, typical risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Being male
- Having a family history of obesity or being overweight
- Being over age 40
- A large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
- Large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
- Having a family history of sleep apnea
- Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
- Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as fatigue at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
In recognition of Men’s Health Month, we urge you to stay on top of your health! If your yearly check-up is overdue, this is a great time to make that appointment. Take care of your health, men!
Do you have a loved one who might be suffering from sleep apnea? Don’t hesitate to contact us here right away. Getting treatment for this aspect of their health may just take care of other ones!