3 Ways Men Can Live Longer and Happier Lives
November is Men’s Health month, and if you’re like most men, your health and wellbeing may be an afterthought. However, taking an active role in your health will allow you to live a longer, more fulfilling life. Below are three conditions that affect many men, and if left untreated can affect relationships, attitude, and even their longevity.
#1 Get Screened for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer will affect 1 in 6 men during their lifetime, but is very treatable. When caught early, nearly 100% of men with prostate cancer are cancer free after 5 years. Testing is quick and simple: a blood test and a 5-7 second rectal exam is all it takes. Testing is recommended once in your 40s, annually in your 50s and 60s, and as recommended by your doctor at 70 and over.
Further Reading: Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment
#2 Stop Suffering from BPH
BPH, or an enlarged prostate, is extremely common and can cause sleepless nights and behavior modification to manage symptoms like sudden urges to urinate, leaking or dribbling, difficulty starting or stopping the flow of urine, or urinating too often. The condition may be managed through medications, minimally invasive surgeries, or surgical procedures.
Symptom relief can start in as little as a few weeks, and may restore men’s ability to sleep through the night and not worry about a lot of ‘pit stops’ during the day.
Further Reading: BPH (Enlarged Prostate) Symptoms and Treatments
#3 Get Treatment for ED
Erectile dysfunction can impact men emotionally and affect their most intimate relationships. Affecting 30 million men, ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. There are many causes of ED, and just as many treatment options.
You may feel awkward bringing up ED to your physician, but understand that it’s a medical condition like any other, and a doctor will always discuss your concerns with professionalism and help put you at ease.
Further Reading: Erectile Dysfunction Causes & Treatment