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50 Health Tips Every Man Should Know

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46. Get screened for lung cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men. That’s the bad news. The good news is that death rates from lung cancer in men have been declining, dropping 2% a year from 1994 to 2006. Men are advised to quit the bad habit, test their homes for radon, be conscious of occupational causes of lung cancer, exercise, and eat a healthy diet.

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47. Recognize symptoms of depression

Depression is a condition men are much less likely to talk about or seek treatment for. But it is common and it’s very debilitating. Men tend to lose interest in activities they find pleasurable. They feel sad, are irritable, feel tired, experience interrupted sleep, among other symptoms. Treatment for depression includes medication and psychotherapy, as well as more exercise and a change to more healthful eating habits.

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48. Don’t disregard low libido

Though it’s not unusual to lose interest in sexual activity periodically, sustained low libido in men might be a health issue. Conditions associated with decreased libido include type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. Reduced levels of testosterone are also associated with reduced libido.

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49. You don’t have to be social all the time

We associate greater social interaction as a positive, especially when we are younger, because it develops social skills and builds social support. Women tend to be more social than men. However, a University of Buffalo study found that some social withdrawal — what the study calls unsociability — can be linked to greater creativity in individuals.

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50. Do you still have ADHD?

ADHD — attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder — is a condition associated with children. But adults struggle with it as well. More men than women have ADHD, according to a European ADORE (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Observational Research in Europe) study. The condition is defined by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Treatment for the disorder can involve medication, education, training, and psychological counseling. You can find out more about the health problems that affect more men than women.