What Health Issues Are Men Most Susceptible To?

From heart disease to prostate cancer, men are susceptible to myriad health issues throughout their lives. Even though their life expectancy has greatly increased, diseases that can shorten their lifespan and reduce their quality of life continue to rise. It’s more important than ever for men to book yearly physicals and periodic check-ups.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women remain 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. Joseph Hagen, DO, at Farmbrook Internal Medicine hopes to change those percentages. Specializing in men’s health, Dr. Hagen focuses on preventive medicine, as well as diagnosis and treatment.

Men’s top health issues

Here are some of today’s most common male health issues.

Heart disease

More than 1 in 3 adult men have some sort of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease often presents itself a decade earlier in men than in women. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), risk factors for heart disease include:

Dr. Hagen can calculate your risk based on such factors as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. He helps you recognize and reduce hypertension, which can lead to heart problems, by managing stress, limiting alcohol intake, eating a good diet, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Dr. Hagen also offers a number of effective medications to help regulate your blood pressure.

Prostate problems

The prostate connects the bladder to the penis. Benign prostatic hypertrophy, also known as BPH or enlarged prostate, often becomes part of a man’s normal aging process. Symptoms of BPH include increased urinary frequency, difficulty or a feeling of urgency. Dr. Hagen can help diagnose any problems or concerns you may experience in this area.


Left unchecked, diabetes can cause nerve and kidney damage, heart disease, stroke, vision problems, and even blindness. Men with diabetes frequently suffer from low testosterone levels and sexual impotence. Dr. Hagen can help get your diabetes under control.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

COPD and other respiratory diseases

Smoking and proximity to secondhand smoke remain the leading causes of lung cancer, which continues to rise in both men and women.

Alcohol abuse

Men face more alcohol-related hospitalizations than women. Alcohol increases your risk of certain cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon. It can also impede proper testicular function and hormone production, which may cause impotence and infertility.

Depression and suicide

More than 6 million men each year suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts. Dr. Hagen recommends getting regular exercise, communicating better with loved ones, and seeking professional help.

Liver disease

Your liver helps you digest food and absorb nutrients, while removing toxic substances. According to the American Cancer Society, alcohol and tobacco consumption both increase your chances of liver disease.

Cancer screening saves men’s lives

Many health conditions can be prevented and treated more easily with early diagnosis and proper screening. Lung cancer, for example, remains the No. 1 cause of death for men, followed by cancer of the prostate, colon and rectum. Smokers can reduce their odds of getting cancer by 90% if they quit.

Dr. Hagen can screen for prostate cancer with a simple PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test. He also recommends screening for colon cancer with a yearly exam and routine colonoscopy.

Focus on your future

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle decreases your risk of developing cancer and many other diseases. Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet heavy in green leafy vegetables and light on processed meats and alcohol, and avoid environmental toxins, such as paint fumes, insecticides, and secondhand smoke to increase the length and quality of your life.

Dr. Hagen utilizes both traditional and alternative medicine to provide you with the best possible care. Some of his treatments include:

To better understand how to manage your health or treat chronic conditions, call Farmbrook Internal Medicine PC or book an appointment online with Dr. Hagen.

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