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First, you should know that you are not invincible. There are numerous health risks facing men and this is why regular checkups are imperative. Some people tend to take better care of their cars or gadgets than they do themselves. If your car goes to the mechanic monthly, why shouldn’t you take your body more seriously? Here are some common health risks men face if they do not go for regular checkups:

  1. Prostate Problems: The prostate is a unique male organ that is located beneath the bladder and connects to the penis. Its function is to produce a seminal fluid which helps to lengthen the life span of the semen. The prostate also has a muscle that contracts during ejaculation. The problem with this organ is that as men age, there is a risk of benign prostatic hypertrophy or an enlarged prostate. This will lead to compression of the urethra which is a tube that passes through the prostate and drains the bladder. This means, emptying the bladder becomes more and more difficult as the urethra is compressed. This can lead to increased frequency in urinating, increased urgency in urinating and painful urination. Treatment can be surgery or medication.
  2. Heart Disease: This can come in many forms, and can lead to stroke or death if not detected early. Heart disease is more common than you realize as more and more adult men have some form of cardiovascular disease. The good news is that the risks of getting a cardiovascular disease can be calculated by your doctor based on several risk factors, including your cholesterol, blood pressure, and smoking habits. But you will never know this if you refuse to visit the doctor.
  3. Respiratory Diseases: While every person needs to see a doctor regularly, it is more pertinent for smokers to have a doctor on speed dial. Most respiratory diseases start with a smoker’s cough which leads to more serious conditions like Lung Cancer, Emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  4. Liver Diseases: The liver helps food digest and absorbs nutrients. It also rids the body of toxic substances. Some liver diseases include cirrhosis, viral hepatitis, bile duct cancer, liver cancer, and alcoholic liver disease. Tobacco and Alcohol users are more prone to these.
  5. Diabetes: Nerve and kidney damage, heart disease and stroke, vision problems or blindness are some of the conditions diabetes can lead to, if left untreated. This is why it is pertinent to know your blood sugar health, eat healthy foods, and exercise daily. If you have diabetes in your family’s health history, make sure to run a check periodically.
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Finally, being proactive and not reactive is the way forward. Like your car, detecting a little fault and addressing it can prevent further damage. Change those dangerous habits and visit a doctor regularly.

 

Samuel Ejedegba.