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Ten Threats to Men's Health and How to Prevent Them

Last updated: Jun 01, 2011

Top 10 Threats to Men’s Health

Data from the April 2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Vital Statistics report show that the top 10 threats to men’s health are:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer (lung, prostate, colorectal, and liver)
  • Accidents
  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Diabetes
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Suicide
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

In addition, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Health survey shows that 72% of men in the United States are overweight and >31% of men aged 20 years or older have high blood pressure.  Both

"The good news is that many threats to men’s health are preventable," says Summit Medical Group internist Richard Lesko, MD. "For example, healthy dietary and lifestyle behaviors can help men lose or maintain a healthy weight as well as improve their heart and colon health. Not smoking or stopping smoking can prevent tobacco-related cancers of the lung, prostate, and colon as well as reduce a man's risk of stroke, " adds Dr. Lesko.

Live Well, Stay Well Tips for Men
If you're a man, here are some important ways you can protect your health:

  • Eat a balanced diet that is high in fiber, low in fat, and emphasizes moderate portions
  • Maintain a healthy weight to decrease your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Stay active and fit
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce stress
  • Keep vaccinations up to date
  • Have routine examinations and screenings

Other preventive steps include using sunscreen to reduce risk for skin cancer, drinking alcohol in moderation to protect the liver and overall health, and using seat belts and helmets to help prevent unnecessary injuries.

To help you stay on top of your health, Summit Medical Group offers screening for:

If you are unsure where to start, our Family Practice physicians and internists can help. They can answer many questions about men’s health, perform routine health checkups, provide counseling, and offer education about healthy lifestyle choices.

To schedule an appointment or learn more, 
please call Summit Medical Group Internal Medicine today at

To schedule an appointment or learn more,
please call Summit Medical Group Family Practice today at