June is National Men’s Health Month.
How much do you know about the most common health conditions in men? Protect your dad by learning more about these conditions and their symptoms.
#4 – Depression
Depression is common in seniors. You may notice your dad no longer wants to leave the house, visit friends, and sleeps more than normal. His appetite may have changed. He might have a hard time with his daily routines.
Senior citizens often have at least one chronic condition. This can lead to depression. The loss of a spouse or significant other is another reason depression may set in. If you suspect your dad is depressed, it’s important to seek medical care. There are medications and support groups that can help him.
#3 – Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is easily detected through regular exams. It’s estimated that almost 165,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2018. Cancer involves the male prostate gland. Some early symptoms include difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, and erectile dysfunction.
If your dad is diagnosed with cancer, it will be staged to see how advanced it is. Surgery, radiation, chemo, and hormone therapy are just a few of the possible treatments.
#2 – Lung Cancer
In 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 121,000 men will learn they have lung cancer. Being a smoker increases your dad’s risk. So do certain working conditions like working with asbestos or being in an area where radon is present. There are even studies that have linked some forms of lung cancer to excessive amounts of beta-carotene.
Depending on the type of lung cancer and stage when it’s diagnosed, there are effective treatments. Your dad may need additional elder care support while undergoing treatments or going in for surgical procedures, but people do survive this cancer.
#1 – Cardiovascular Disease
Per the CDC, about 321,000 men died from heart diseases in 2014. There are not always warning signs and about 80 percent of sudden heart attacks are in men rather than women. The biggest health issues that impact heart health are diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. If your dad smokes, he also is increasing his risk.
There are not always symptoms, so regular medical checks are important. If your dad has diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, he needs to follow his doctor’s recommendations. It’s also important that he eats a healthy diet and doesn’t smoke.
When your dad is diagnosed with a chronic condition, hire elder care services. Having a companion and supportive caregiver to help with daily activities can make a big difference. Give your dad the support he needs to be as healthy as possible. Call an elder care agency to learn more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Libertyville, IL, call the caring staff at LifeCare In-Home Care & In-Home Services. Call (888) 606-4199 LifeCare serves all of the Chicago Metro Area.
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