Men’s Health Week—Symptoms Not to Ignore

Posted: 6/10/2013 11:29 AM by Interim HealthCare
The cliché about men not going to the doctor apparently exists for a reason. In 2010 a survey by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 57% of men had visited the doctor in the past year. To help raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men June 10 - 16 has been set aside as Men’s Health Week.
Here are five symptoms that men should not ignore:
  1. Waist bigger than hips—Men whose waist measurement is bigger than their hips increase their risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis.
  2. Unquenchable thirst—If you are always thirsty it can be a sign of diabetes. A simple blood test at the doctor can tell you.
  3. Shortness of breath/persistent cough—Both can be caused by asthma, obesity or heart disease. It can also be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  4. Pain while urinating—This signals an enlarged prostate or potentially prostate cancer.
  5. Depression/thoughts of suicide—Depression is a serious medical condition just like diabetes or heart disease. Signs include a significant change in mood, suddenly seeing family or friends one last time or getting affairs in order.
At Interim HealthCare, we strive to assist both men and women live fuller, more healthy lives. We encourage both men and women to seek regular medical advice. Should illness or injury create special healthcare needs for you or a loved one, Interim is available with customized regimens of care that focuses on individual needs and personal environments.