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Did you know? Men are less likely than women to seek medical care and are more likely to smoke, drink, and choose unhealthy or risky behaviors. 

Getting the most out of life requires a commitment to attitudes that foster healthy lifestyle choices. While men and women have many of the same health concerns, men may be affected differently than women. In addition, there are some conditions which are unique to men. Familiarity with men’s health issues, regular screenings and prevention are keys to maintaining good physical wellness.

Men's Health Conditions

According to the CDC, the top causes of death among adult men in the U.S. are heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke.

Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease

Colon Cancer

Heart Disease

Prostate Cancer

Stroke

What can you do to take charge of your health?

See a doctor for regular checkups even if you feel healthy. Some diseases and health conditions don’t have symptoms at first. Plus, seeing a doctor will give you a chance to learn more about your health. Here are some more things you can do to take charge of your health:

  • Eat healthy and get active.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Know your family’s health history.
  • Get screening tests to check for health problems before you have symptoms.
  • Make sure you’re up to date on your shots.

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