Men aren’t always the most proactive creatures when it comes to seeing the doctor and looking after their own health. Unless they are laid out flat on their backs most will claim to be perfectly healthy whether or not it is true. Many often ignore symptoms that they shouldn’t. While everyone should eat right and exercise regularly there are some symptoms you should never ignore. Don’t let embarrassment keep you from seeing a doctor right away.
Symptoms you should never ignore
Check for lumps
Let’s face it you’re not a stranger to touching your own testicles and that means you should notice right away if something is out of the ordinary. Testicular cancer most often affects younger men, usually between 15-45 years old. Don’t be shy about performing a self exam regularly and check for swelling, lumps, heaviness or any kind of pain. If you want to maintain your testicular health, veggies are your friend. Foods that are high in zinc will help maintain your health.
Every guy in the world will experience erectile dysfunction at some point in time and that’s perfectly normal. While it is incredibly common it can also be symptom of an underlying condition. There are many causes of erectile dysfunction including heart disease, diabetes and prostate problems. There are things you can do on your own to ameliorate the condition, start by quitting smoking if you haven’t already, reduce your alcohol consumption, cut back on the caffeine. Your sex life goes hand in hand with your overall health.
Problems going to the bathroom
Let’s start with number one, shall we. Frequent trips to the bathroom can indicate diabetes. Fewer trips to the bathroom along with your urine stream not flowing like it should, can be a sign of an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. An enlarged prostate puts pressure on your bladder and at the same time it narrows the urethra. Men over 50 are particularly at risk and you should have your prostate checked annually. Keep eating foods that are high in magnesium, vitamin C and antioxidants. Here’s a video that will explain ways to keep your prostate healthy.
Now onto number two. Chronic constipation is not normal and can indicate lots of problems including issues with your colon. Colorectal cancer is now the third leading cause of death among men. So don’t dismiss your constipation as from eating too much cheese or not enough broccoli. If the problem persists it’s time to see a doctor. The thought of having a colonoscopy may make your sphincter clench but it can save your life.
All too often back pain is dismissed as part of the aging process. We also blame soreness on injuries, workouts and sitting at a desk all day. However chronic pain can indicate arthritis, kidney stones and infection. If you are experience leg numbness or weight loss to go along with the pain, you need to get to the doctor right away.
Staying on top of your health is nobody’s job but yours. Diet and regular exercise go a long way to keeping you healthy, but you already know this…right. You also need to take yourself to the doctor regularly, early detection is the key to beating most diseases.