Health risks men should watch out for

Jul 12, 2011

Ways men can improve their health

While men do not live as long as women, there may be ways to improve on that, according to Men's Health.

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, claiming the lives of more than 400,000 men every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Experts say that remembering to take an aspirin and get to the hospital immediately can mean the difference between life and death and limit the number of life insurance claims.

Close to 50,000 American men die from a stroke every year and one in four are under the age of 45, according to the American Heart Association. Health officials warn that many young men have already had a silent stroke, which could lead to a larger debilitating stroke, the news outlet reports. Making sure that men keep their blood pressure at a low rate can help limit the number of strokes they have.

The second most deadly affliction that men face is cancer, the American Cancer Society reports. This disease killed approximately 300,000 men last year, with lung cancer claiming the most lives. Prostate cancer took the second most lives and is one of the most common forms of cancer. High risk men are encouraged to change their diet and receive regular check-ups. 

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