Although some common health problems affect both men and women equally, some illnesses occur only or most often in men. Be aware, recognize the risk factors, and change your lifestyle to improve your odds of preventing a few common ailments.
Step 1: Reduce heart-disease risk Address the risk of heart disease by quitting smoking, abstaining from high-sodium and saturated fat-laden foots, and sticking with a diet made up primarily of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
TIP: Monitor cholesterol with a physician's help on a regular basis.
Step 2: Reduce the risk of skin and prostate cancer Limit exposure to the sun to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Talk to your doctor about prostate cancer, which affects 1 in 6 men, and get screened for it according to their recommendations.
Step 3: Drive safely Start thinking about the way you drive. Curtail reckless habits and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Auto collisions are the leading cause of death by accident for men.
Step 4: Limit stroke and diabetes risk Improve your odds of avoiding a stroke by limiting high-fat foods and eliminating and trans fats entirely. Exercising regularly and keeping your weight within a healthy range also reduces your odds of stroke. A healthy diet and exercise can also bring a potentially diabetic condition, a major threat for men, under control.
TIP: Male risk for stroke is over 100 percent higher than a women's risk.
Step 5: Deal with depression Deal with depression, which affects 6 million American men by seeking professional help. Depression in males is more likely to lead to suicide than in females.
FACT: Young males comprise about 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia.