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5 Health Issues That Affect Men in Their 50s

5 Health Issues That Affect Men in Their 50s
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BY PETER MINKOFF

Reaching a certain age means you have to take more care of your health than before and pay special attention to some aspects of it. For a man in his 50s, these include the prostate, heart, veins and eyes, as these are the weak spots on your aging body. Unfortunately, there are other issues you need to investigate, which is why scheduling regular check-ups is vital. Here are some of the health issues men in their 50s shouldn’t ignore.

First, deal with your age

The biggest problem most men face upon reaching their 50th birthday is understanding their age and coping with it. Even though you can’t be considered old, you definitely aren’t that young anymore and therefore not as indestructible as you were just five or ten years ago. Understanding that will make your life much easier and inspire you to seek medical advice more often.

Heart issues

These are the most common issues for men in their 50s – their heart is no longer vital and cannot deal with their everyday life that easily. On top of that, there are more heart diseases than you can imagine and each can strike you any day now. Stroke, for example, is quite common and millions of men around the world are at risk. So, when you reach middle age, try to prevent it any way you can – stop smoking, start exercising and lower your stress level.

Liver issues

The liver is another vital organ in your body that, unfortunately, gets damaged pretty easily. This is especially true for people with an eating disorder, while those who drink too much alcohol can develop alcoholic hepatitis quite easily. If you want your liver to remain vital, you need to cut down on food and drink and avoid smoking at all costs.

Respiratory issues

Speaking of smoking, did you know that tobacco is endangering every organ in your body and is thus responsible for nearly 6 million deaths every single year? Besides not being able to breathe normally and developing asthma and bronchitis, you could also be diagnosed with lung cancer – all that because of your habit! So, if you want to see your grandkids graduate from college, ban smoking from your life as soon as possible.

Dental issues

This is one of the problems most men generally don’t pay enough attention to – they assume that everything’s all right with their teeth just because most of them are still in their place. However, a lot of things can go wrong without you even noticing it, and these are the worst kinds of dental issues out there. So, in order to make sure everything is really alright, schedule regular dental appointments and consult a professional. Moreover, try to brush your teeth properly and start looking into gingivitis treatment, especially if your gums are bleeding.

Mental health issues

Growing old is hard for some people and not being in their prime can really take a toll on their mental health. This issue becomes even more challenging when they start losing their friends, spouses and family members. Therefore, it’s important not just to accept your age, but also work towards avoiding depression, melancholy, suicidal thoughts and midlife crisis that definitely introduces something new into your life. Some of the best ways to fight depression in your 50s are practicing yoga, going for regular morning walks, spending time with your friends and being in the open more often.

Other issues

Some of the other issues 50-something men need to pay close attention to include diabetes, kidney failures, pneumonia, skin cancer and unintentional injuries – these are especially dangerous at home or at crowded places.

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Peter Minkoff
Peter Minkoff is a gay health writer at Gay Life After 40 magazine. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.