Feb 09, 2016 1:00 AM

Author: Libby Mitchell


There are lots of health issues that only affect women. However, there are a handful considered "female problems" that also affect men. Because they are not thought of as impacting men sometimes they cause serious health complications. Here are five conditions men also need to keep in mind, and see a doctor if they develop symptoms.


Libby Mitchell

Libby Mitchell is the Social Media Coordinator for University of Utah Health Care. Follow her on Twitter @LibbyMitchellUT.

men's health wellness

Conditions

Osteoporosis

We may think of grandma when it comes to loss of bone density, but grandpa is at risk too. Between the ages of 65 and 70 men experience bone loss at the same rate as women. Kidney and thyroid problems can increase their risk.

Breast Cancer

One percent of all breast cancer diagnoses are in men. Often, men are diagnosed at more advanced stages of the illness because they aren't paying attention to the warning signs. Men over the age of 50, those who are obese, and African-American men have a greater risk of breast cancer.

Urinary Tract Infections

While extremely rare in young men, the risk of developing a UTI increases after men reach the age of 50. Additional risk factors include an enlarged prostate, kidney stones, diabetes, or use of a bladder catheter.

Eating Disorders

Millions of men and boys suffer from eating disorders. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders between 10 and 15 percent of people suffering from anorexia or bulimia are male. Men are less likely to seek help due to the perception that eating disorders are a "woman's problem."

Postpartum Depression

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found 10% of new dads suffer some kind of depression. The depression may start as early as the first trimester, but is most common three to six months after the birth. If a man's partner is depressed that increases his risk of developing depression as well.

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