Recently, there has been an increase in deaths caused by a number of diseases common to men in Australia.  Even our health professionals at Providence Medical Centre admit the same too. 

Now, here’s what you should carefully note. Having knowledge of the diseases that might affect you down the road and the ways to prevent them will help you to improve the overall quality of your life and that of your family members. Of course, we will have to depart this life at some point, but this should not be an excuse for you as a man to take your health for granted.

Remember that when it comes to your health, ignorance will never serve as your defence. So with that in mind, let’s look at some of the common diseases that affect men and how you can prevent them.

1. Coronary Artery Disease

This is the one disease that can be dubbed ‘the enemy of man’. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in Australia. Men usually develop heart diseases 10 to 15 years before women making it more likely for men to die of it in their prime.

Coronary artery disease develops when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrow as a result of plaque buildup. This narrowing reduces the flow of blood rich in oxygen to the heart leading to a heart attack.

Prevention

  • Start getting your cholesterol levels checked when you turn 25 years and keep checking every five years after that.
  • Exercise regularly and increase the rate of your physical activity to a minimum of 30 min per day.
  • Reduce your intake of trans fats
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables

2. Cancer

There are two types of cancers that affect men the most. They include: 

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a scary and aggressive disease. The scariest part about it is that it spreads silently and rapidly before you can notice any symptoms or large enough for it to be detected on X-Ray. By the time it is found, it is usually so advanced that it becomes almost impossible to treat. What makes it even more deadly is the fact that less than half the men that are diagnosed with it stay alive a year after diagnosis.

Prevention

Tobacco smoke causes 90% of all lung cancer infections. If you are a heavy smoker, consider toning it down as this has been found to reduce the risk of lung cancer.  But if you have already been diagnosed with lung cancer, then the best option is to quit this completely. 

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is even more common than skin cancer. Even though only 1 in 35 men that are infected die from it, you should not trivialise it at all. It is impossible to prevent prostate cancer, but going for regular screening at any of the best medical centres in Australia can save you from facing the worst, which is detecting the cancer when it has already spread.

3. Diabetes

Diabetes remains one of the silent killers of Australian men. This is because it begins without any immediate symptoms. It is caused when glucose levels gradually rise in your body to the point that sugar ends up in your urine.

You might be thinking, “So what’s so bad about that? It’s just sugar, right?” If you do not make a habit of going for constant check-ups, leaving your high blood sugar levels to remain unchecked for long, the excess glucose will poison your blood vessels and every major organ in your body.

This will result in heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and even amputations.

Prevention

  • Quit Smoking
  • Exercise regularly
  • Follow a healthy diet plan
  • If you are obese, follow health plans to help you lose weight.

If you already have it, now is the best time to consider embracing the innovations in diabetes management as they could help you control it better. At Providence Medical Centre, we always keep track of all the latest health innovations. You can speak to our diabetes specialists to learn more about your condition.

4. Stroke

Strokes also lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths in Australia each year. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted by a blood clot blocking an artery or a blood vessel breaking. These conditions will cause your brain cells to die leading to memory loss, impaired speech and loss of movement ability

Prevention

  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce or stop your alcohol intake
  • Follow a healthy diet plan
  • Exercise Regularly

These four are the most common diseases that affect men in Australia. As we have observed, it is possible to prevent them. Take the measures mentioned early on in life and you will be safe. And don’t forget that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and going for regular check-ups in reputable medical centres in Sydney will help you to live a long, comfortable and productive life.