The Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center in Ohio, has observed that as men age, their health concerns begin to shift.
“Men in their 50s are more concerned about heart disease or ED (erectile dysfunction). Men in their 60s worry more about prostate cancer and their risk for dementia,” says preventive medicine expert Raul Seballos, MD.
He cites the following issues as men’s greatest health concerns:
Prostate cancer and enlargement
“While one out of six men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, most men will not die from it.”
Heart disease (including high blood pressure and high cholesterol)
Your doctor will keep tabs on your cholesterol and blood pressure, and can order a cardiac stress test if concerns about heart disease arise.
Erectile dysfunction and testosterone levels
ED is very common, especially for men who have diabetes or have had their prostate removed.
Weight management with age
As your metabolism slows down, it’s more important than ever to eat smaller portions of healthier food. Exercise also becomes increasingly important.
Nearly 79 million Americans have prediabetes (elevated blood sugar), the precursor to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss and loss of limb.
It’s important to learn the signs of a warning stroke, including weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg(s), confusion, difficulty with speech or comprehension, vision loss, dizziness, or problems with walking, balance or coordination.
Read his full interview: Men: How to Cope With Your 6 Worst Health Fears. It includes his advice for screening and preventing each affliction. Follow @ClevelandClinic on Twitter.