Risk Taking Impacts Men’s Health…
Obesity and hypertension are both present in more than a third of American males over the age of 20, and the leading causes of death are heart disease and cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Scientific studies have shown that men are more likely to take risks— more than twice as likely as women— and that includes health risks.
“Men take more risks with their health and pay less attention, especially African Americans and Latinos,” reports Dr. Alexander Salerno, administrative head of Salerno Medical Associates (SMA) “They are not as proactive. They are more reactive.”
The average life expectancy of men is between four and five fewer years than that of women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting significantly more men than women.
Prostate Cancer: Finding It Before it Spreads…
Cancers combine as the number two killer of men, and prostate is still the most common cancer among men of all races and creeds. Additionally, prostate cancer is more aggressive among African American men than other cultures. The good news is that early detection is the key to conquering prostate cancer.
The single biggest risk factor for prostate cancer is family history. For example, a first-degree relative, namely your father, with prostate cancer increases your chances, up to 94 percent, of getting prostate cancer.
There is a board-certified urologistavailable weekly in the office for appointments to identify this for-men-only disease early, increasing the chances for a cure. The survival rate for cancer is very high if found before it spreads to other parts of the body.
It starts with screening, which may include a digital rectal exam and/or a blood sample analyzed in our lab for a prostate-specific antigen (PSA). From there our tools include ultrasound and radiology to pinpoint the cancer for further treatment.
Keeping Men Healthy on All Fronts…
Laboratory work is a major tool in our preventative approach. “It’s not about giving them prescriptions and sending them across town or somewhere else to test blood and urine,” Dr. Salerno explains.
Obesity is the number one factor driving healthcare in the United States and that is something that may be alleviated with education, nutrition and other tools short of prescription drugs and surgery. Diabetes is closely tied to obesity, as is heart disease, degenerative joint disease and other conditions.
It all starts with nutrition, and in January 2019 SMA is introducing a nutritionist, a diabetic educator, who is bilingual, removing the language barrier for a large Spanish speaking populace.
If left untreated diabetes may result in nerve and kidney damage, heart disease and stroke, as well as vision impairment as serious as blindness. Diabetes presents a high risk among men of declining testosterone levels and ultimately sexual impotence. The aforementioned conditions may also affect mental health and increased anxiety or depression.
For the record, the top ten diseases that kill men, according to MedicineNet, are:
- Heart disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Kidney Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
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