Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Four health issues most men will face as they get older

It’s quite a thing when you realise that your body isn’t behaving in the same way that it used to. Maybe you can’t run that same circuit without stopping to take a breather. You might have noticed that the treat meal at your favourite takeaway isn’t as easy to burn off as it used to be. Maybe you’re seeing a little more hair in the plughole than you’d like. Or perhaps you’re finding it harder and harder to get to sleep, and stay asleep, at night.

These are just a few examples of the changes that we can expect to see in our bodies as we get older. Some of these issues are predictable and familiar, others may come as more of a surprise. You might feel perfectly comfortable talking about some of these developments with your mates down the pub, while others might leave you feeling like you can’t really discuss them with anyone.

It’s important to remember that all of the body and health issues that we will be going into below are perfectly natural, and they are mostly treatable, if not avoidable. You should always feel comfortable talking to your doctor about what’s going on, but in the meantime, let’s break down some of the most common problems men face as they age.

You need to watch your cholesterol

One of the most common health issues that men encounter as they get older is heart disease. There are many different ways that it can take shape, but keeping an eye on your cardiovascular health is absolutely crucial. Heart attacks and strokes are some of the most severe issues and you can help to avoid them by keeping an eye on your cholesterol. Shortness of breath, nausea, chest pains, numbness in your extremities and fatigue are all warning signs you should be looking out for.

Men over the age of 35 should be going for a cholesterol check at least every five years, and men over 50 should check with their GP regarding frequency. Improving your diet is a great way to ensure you keep your levels down, and you should also be getting plenty of exercise to keep your body moving.

Arthritis and joint pain become more common

Although women are three times more likely to suffer from arthritis than men, this is a condition that affects a huge number of people. More than 10 million people in the UK alone are living with some form of joint condition, and it becomes more of a risk as you get older.

If you are starting to notice a lot more stiffness in your joints than you’re used to, or aches and pains that don’t wear off as quickly, then it is worth making an appointment with a GP or physiotherapist. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are plenty of ways to make it easier to live with, including medications, physiotherapy, and surgery.

You may start to lose your hair

While hair loss may not be on the same urgency level as some of the other items on this list, it is absolutely one of the most common issues facing men as they age and it can have a real impact on your mental health. Losing your hair typically occurs due to hereditary factors, but stress and lifestyle can have an impact and temporary hair loss can also be caused by certain illnesses and medications.

It is important to note that there are options available for those who want to fight hair loss, and there are drugs and scalp treatments if you want to avoid transplants. Finasteride is a treatment for hair loss which restricts the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that your body creates, which is the hormone that is causes hair follicles to shrink and stop creating new hairs. For more information on Finasteride and other hair loss treatments, visit Chemist Click and find out how you can order quickly and discreetly.

Erectile dysfunction is not uncommon

There has always been a great deal of stigma around erectile dysfunction, and it’s hard to reconcile the shame that society has put on it with the numbers that show just how common it is. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by many different health and lifestyle reasons, but one of the reasons why it becomes more common as we age is because it’s often linked to our heart health. If you haven’t been taking care of your cholesterol, there is a higher chance that you will experience ED, and it could be a sign of something serious if it has happening more frequently.

However, ED can also be caused by stress, depression and other mental health issues. Because it’s something many men feel embarrassed to talk about, these feelings of shame and isolation can get worse quickly, and there is simply no good reason for that. If you are experiencing regular erectile dysfunction, talk to your GP about treatment and next steps.

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