Men are statistically more likely to die at a higher rate than women for the top 10 causes of death. The good news is that much of this is preventable. According to a Centers for Disease Control report, women are 33% more likely than men to visit a doctor in general. Men also die sooner than women: on average, women survive men by over five years. 

Learn more about the top five biggest killers for men — and how to prevent them.

  1. Heart Disease. Some contributing factors of heart disease, like sex and family history, can’t be prevented. But other risk factors are relatively straightforward to control. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a diet rich in fiber and low in fat, and quitting smoking can reduce your risk greatly. 
  2. Stroke. Controlling high blood pressure, or hypertension, is crucial to preventing stroke. The same lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of heart disease can also help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range. 
  3. Suicide. Historically, society has told men to be “strong” and not show emotion — but that’s proved to be fatal. Depression is a serious medical condition. If you aren’t enjoying life, aren’t finding happiness in activities you once loved, or feel a sense of hopelessness, treat it as a medical emergency and seek help immediately. 
  4. Prostate Cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal be offered annually for healthy men starting at age 50 or older. Men who are at high risk — such as those who have family history of prostate cancer or who are black — should begin testing earlier.
  5. Lung Cancer. The leading cause of lung cancer is smoking. It’s never too late to quit smoking; in fact, your circulation and blood pressure can show measurable improvements just days after you quit. 

Do you have a men’s medical health concern? Call us today at 317-272-0708 to book an appointment with our caring clinicians.