Male Health Articles  

The age of the macho man who doesn’t care about his health is likely behind us for good. While men are still much less likely than women to seek medical care, annual check-ups, or follow a regimented health and fitness program, there has been an increased focus on male health in recent years.

The factors to stay healthy have not changed over the years and remain fairly obvious. They include not smoking or chewing tobacco, getting consistent exercise, following a healthy diet (less saturated fat and cholesterol), controlling your weight, and getting annual check-ups with your doctor. Use our partner website and save on medications.

The leading causes of death for men in the United States are very preventable, based on the items listed above, if you are conscious of them and take the right measures:

  1. Heart disease is the greatest health threat to men accounting for over 345,000 deaths per year. However a healthy lifestyle can prevent heart disease.

  2. Cancer annually kills close to 300,000 men. The most common cause of cancer death for men is lung cancer and prostate cancer is second. About one-third of all cancer deaths are related to nutrition or other controllable lifestyle factors.

  3. Stroke annually kills 65,000 men and is also one of the leading causes of disability.

  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries) kill over 60,000 men with the leading one being motor vehicle accidents and the second poisoning.

  5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term for a group of chronic lung conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The main cause of COPD is smoking, and it's strongly associated with lung cancer, the No. 1 cause of cancer death in men.

The majority of these conditions are very preventable by leading a healthy lifestyle, getting regular checkups and paying attention to your environment. With improvements in technology and medicine, life expectancy continues to increase. However, without the individual taking care of his own health, no technology or medicine can have an impact.