Top 10 Health Risks for Men
A. Eating steak; B. Smoking; C. Using cellular phones; D. Playing sports; E. All of the above
A. 1 drink a day; B. 2 drinks a day; C. 3 drinks a day; D. 4 drinks a day; E. Not drinking at all
A. Osteoporosis; B. Breast cancer; C. Eating disorders; D. PMS; E. Osteoporosis, breast cancer and eating disorders; F. All of the above
A. Men between ages 15 and 35; B. Men between ages 35 and 50; C. Men over 50; D. Any man at any age
A. Cancer; B. Accidents; C. Violent crime; D. Heart disease
A. Men with a family history of colon or rectum cancer; B. Men with a diet high in fat and calories, low in fiber; C. Men over age 50; D. Men with a history of polyps in the colon; E. Men with a history of ulcers; F. Any of the above
A. Less than a year; B. One year; C. Two to three years; D. Five years; E. 10 years or more
A. 5; B. 10; C. 20; D. 30
A. Turning 55; B. A family history of prostate cancer; C. A diet high in animal fat; D. Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables; E. Turning 55, a family history of prostate cancer and a diet high in animal fat; F. All of the above
A. 50.4; B. 70.2; C. 73.8; D. 78.5; E. 85.0
Find the answers at www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/healthrisks.html
Answer # 01:
Smoking may play a role in causing impotence. Other
factors that could lead to impotence -- which affects
between 10 to 15 million men in the U.S. -- include the
taking of medicines such as high blood pressure drugs,
antihistamines, antidepressants, appetite suppressants and
cimetidine (an ulcer drug); psychological factors such as
stress, anxiety, guilt, depression, low self-esteem or fear
of sexual failure; and diseases, including diabetes, kidney
disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis,
atherosclerosis and vascular disease. Food, cell phones and
sports have no effect on a man's risk of impotence.
For men, two drinks a day are considered moderate. (In women, or a man over the age of 65, this decreases to one drink a day.) A standard drink is defined as a 12-ounce bottle of beer or a wine cooler, one five-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. Drinking in moderation can even have beneficial effects on the heart, especially for men over 45 who are at greater risk for a heart attack. However, more than two drinks per day can raise the risk for motor vehicle crashes, other injuries, high blood pressure, stroke, violence, suicide and certain types of cancer.
Sources: National Institute
on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of
Health; 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the
Department of Health and Human Services
Answer 03: Osteoporosis, breast cancer and eating disorders all occur in men too, though their prevalence is much greater in the female population. As a result, many men, unaware that the diseases affect both sexes, may fail to recognize symptoms. Likewise, doctors and families often don't suspect these illnesses. This can delay therapy and make disorders difficult to treat.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men aged 15 to 35, and it is more common in Caucasian men than African-American men. But any man can get it at any age. This is why it's important for men to have routine physical exams and to talk to their doctor if they notice anything unusual about their testicles, like a painless lump or swelling, an enlargement or change in the way their testicles feel, or pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum. If this cancer is detected early, the treatment can be less aggressive, with fewer side effects.
Source: National Cancer
Heart disease is the single biggest killer of American males -- but there are many ways for men to lower their risk. They should have their blood cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly (and take steps to lower them if they're high). They shouldn't smoke. They should be physically active (getting 30 to 60 minutes of vigorous activity at least three to four times a week) and maintain a healthy weight. They should eat healthy foods that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and avoid drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day.
Source: American Heart
Colorectal cancer, which includes both colon cancer and rectal cancer, is usually curable when caught early; detection by screenings could save up to 30,000 lives a year in the U.S. Men with any of the risk factors listed are at higher risk and should visit their doctor to learn when to begin screening tests.
Source: National Cancer
Here's a great reason to stop smoking: Men who quit between the ages of 35 to 39 could add an average of five years to their lives. This is more than for female smokers who quit between ages 35 to 39 -- they add an average of three years to their life expectancy.
Source: U.S. Surgeon
Approximately 20 percent of Caucasian men will show signs of male pattern baldness by the age of 20. The incidence of male pattern baldness increases 10 percent per decade through a man's life. Hereditary balding or thinning is the most common cause of hair loss. The tendency can be inherited from either the mother's or father's side of the family.
Source: American Academy of
The average age of a men diagnosed with prostate cancer is 70; men over 55 are at high risk, as are men with a family history of prostate cancer and men who consume a diet high in animal fat. On the other hand, men with a diet high in fruits and vegetables may actually lower their chances of contracting prostate cancer.
Source: National Cancer
A man's average life expectancy is 73.8 years -- more than 10 percent lower than that of a woman. (As of 1998, the average life expectancy for women was 79.5.)
It is possible to live longer by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Avoid the biggest health risks by following the guidelines mentioned throughout this quiz.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics