Some may think that women living longer than men is a stereotype, but the numbers don’t lie. In the United States, women tend to live five years longer than men with women living an average of 81.2 years and men living 76.2 years in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Taking care of yourself can be a real headache, but investing time, effort, and money in your health is worth it. Check out these three health concerns that are common for men.
1. Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction is a very common problem, affecting as many as 30 million men in the United States alone (according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Often, erection problems are caused by medications or adjusting to a medical condition rather than aging itself (although it is more common as we age). Therefore, it’s a great idea to talk with your healthcare provider about your best options for safely treating issues getting an erection. After consulting your healthcare provider, consider Tadalafil (the generic version of Cialis) for a better option for treating erectile dysfunction.
Unlike Viagra, Cialis (Tadalafil) has been shown to be safe for daily use, bringing that spontaneity back into the bedroom. Plus, since Cialis doesn’t increase blood pressure while giving you steady erections, it is safer if you have high blood pressure. Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a generic Cialis called Tadalafil, men can now take one prescription medication to treat both erectile dysfunction and prostate enlargement simultaneously. While Cialis isn’t covered by a lot of insurance plans, the generic Tadalafil is covered by Medicare and most other insurance plans. Also, you can look for coupons through USARx to get coupons when you buy Tadalafil.
Caution: Tadalafil (or any ED medication) should not be taken by anyone with a medical history of heart problems, liver problems, kidney problems, issues with blood pressure (high or low), etc. unless pre-approved by their doctor as a medical treatment. Side effects of Tadalafil (generic Cialis) can include indigestion, muscle aches, flushing, difficulty sleeping, etc. Seek medical treatment immediately if serious side effects occur during sexual activity such as dizziness, numbness or tingling, nausea, sudden vision loss, sudden hearing loss, or an erection lasting for more than four hours.
2. Prostate Health
A 2019 HealthLine article rated prostate health (and cancer) as the number one health concern men share. Healthline recommends starting to get your blood tested for a specific antigen once you turn 45 to prevent prostate cancer from becoming life-threatening. Note: cancer screening should be done earlier if you have a family history or any other risk factors. Be sure to get professional medical advice on when you should start screening for this and other cancers.
Prostate issues are common as men age (so don’t freak out that it’s cancer right away). For example, roughly half of men will experience benign prostatic hyperplasia (a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate), which usually causes varying urinary symptoms. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can be treated with medications to reduce the swelling.
Bonus tip: As explained above, if BPH and erection issues are both a problem, then Cialis (Tadalafil) may be the specific prescription drug for you. Seek medical advice from your health care provider to see if this could be the right treatment for you.
3. Cognitive Disorders
The above Healthline article also noted that another “top five” fear for men when it comes to their health is cognitive decline. This was not just natural age-related cognitive decline that men fear, but more specifically, severe cognitive issues from medical conditions such as strokes, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease.
To prevent cognitive decline, Healthline suggests “[using] it before you lose it.” Basically, outside of testing to get on medicine ASAP for treatable cognitive disorders, the only way to prevent conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is to stay neurologically active. Things such as socializing, doing puzzles, and playing games can improve neuropathways.
To prevent a stroke, men should stay physically active, maintain a healthy diet and a healthy weight, maintain healthy blood pressure and healthy cholesterol levels, and make regular trips to their doctor’s office. Staying healthy isn’t easy, but it’s really the only way to prevent a stroke. Work with your doctor to keep yourself healthy and active for years to come!