4 Warnings Men Shouldn't Ignore

grandpa and grandson working on classic vehicle When a warning light flashes on the car dashboard, most men usually look into the cause of the warning. However, when warning lights flash on their body, most men may not notice or ignore the signs. In recognition of Men’s Health Month, here are a few “flashing lights” that men shouldn’t ignore.

  1. Changes in bowel or bladder habits.
    These symptoms can indicate prostate or bladder problems. For example, getting up multiple times a night to go to the bathroom could indicate an enlarged prostate, a common condition among men as they age. Also, changes in bowel habits (frequency, color, consistency or size of stools) could indicate colorectal cancer.
  2. Impotence or erectile dysfunction.
    Most of the time, erectile problems are caused by an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, clogged arteries, or high blood pressure.
  3. Depression.
    Although women may be more likely to attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to succeed. Because men are less likely to ask for help and may try to hide their depression, loved ones may recognize the symptoms sooner than a man does. These indicators may include acting overly anxious, having trouble sleeping, complaining of feeling sad, engaging in unusually risky or reckless behavior, or losing interest in hobbies or other pleasurable activities.
  4. Other Indicators.
    Persistent backaches, changes in the color of urine or stool, obvious changes in warts or moles, unusual lumps, recurrent chest pains or headaches, bleeding that won’t stop, nagging cough, unexplained weight loss, and extreme fatigue can all be symptoms of other serious health problems.

When it comes to overall health, it’s better to get checked now than wait until it’s too late. Whether it is diagnosing those "flashing lights" mentioned above with a problem-based visit or getting a regular health screening with a preventive check-up, encourage the men in your life to make their health a priority this month. Schedule a clinic appointment today at Osceola Medical Center, call us today!

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