As men grow older, all his cells, tissues organs and systems also wear and tear. The body’s ability to regenerate newer cells is also lessened, causing a change in bodily functions from the senses to breathing, walking, etc.
Middle-aged men are more at risk to some chronic illnesses and conditions than others. Here are some health red flags for men aged 30 and up:
Because of the accumulated fat and cholesterol, the arteries tend to harden, a medical condition called atherosclerosis.
- Stroke and Heart Disease
Both stroke and Heart Disease can occur because of this phenomenon and in fact the first and second causes of death in aging men worldwide.
High blood pressure or hypertension can also be a result of blocked arteries. As the heart pumps, pressure rises when blood can’t flow through. Hypertension is a chronically elevated state of pressure in a person’s arteries. Persons whose blood pressure is above 120/80 mm Hg are diagnosed with Hypertension.
It is considered a risk factor for congestive heart failure, heart disease, impaired vision, stroke, and kidney disease, which are also common in middle-aged men. The higher a person’s blood pressure is, the greater the risk the person is at.
Reproductive Organ Diseases
- Prostate Cancer
The male’s prostate is a walnut-sized gland behind the penis that secretes fluids important for ejaculation. As men age, the prostate is prone to develop cancer cells.
Globally, Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men next to skin cancer, and numbers show that one in six men will be diagnosed with it throughout his lifetime.
But, with proper treatment, its mortality rate is not that high since it is slow-growing and unlikely to metastasize into other organs.
Early detection requires men aged as young as 30 to do regular prostate screenings and rectal exams, or a blood test for prostate-specific antigen. Doing so dramatically reduces the chances of dying from the disease.
- Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
Another condition that can affect the prostate as men grow older is the abnormal growth of it, medically called as the prostate enlargement or BPH. This condition happens when prostate hormones and cells increase in number, so much that they affect the glandular and muscular tissues in the area.
There are two different ways that the prostate grows: by cell multiplication around the urethra or cell multiplication into the urethra and bladder outlet area. Both affects urination and requires surgery to correct.
- Testicular Health Issues
Many medical conditions that can affect the testicles can be experienced by middle-aged men: Testicular Pain, or Scrotal Pain, Epididymitis/Orchitis, and Hydrocele are among the Testicular health concerns men may have.
Aside from that, more serious conditions like Varicocele, Peyronie’s Disease, and Testicular Cancer can occur to some middle aged men too.
Type 2 Diabetes, which is the kind that happens due to poor diet and lifestyle are common in middle aged men too.
Because of the pressures and stress middle aged men suffer from work and personal matters, the majority admit that they slack off with their nutrition and fitness, taking for granted their health, which can also result in the next health risk for men.
Data shows that 73 percent of adult men are either overweight or obese, which is alarming since obesity can put them at much higher risk for other diseases such as heart complications, diabetes, and stroke.
Unlike popular belief, depression is not just a feeling and many middle aged men suffer from this mental condition. Depression is an emotional disturbance that affects your whole body and overall health.
In effect, depression proves the mind-body connection. Brain chemicals and stress hormones are out of balance, affecting sleep, appetite, and energy levels. Research even suggests men with depression are more likely to develop heart disease.
Because of this, the highest number of suicides recorded are performed by middle-aged males. Their tendency to suck in, and never show feelings is one reasons why they commit suicide.