Men have shorter life expectancies than women. While we will all die eventually, there are things we can do to live longer and healthier lives, which improves the overall quality of our lives and our families lives. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2019, 357,761 men died of heart disease, representing 1 in every 4 male deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men each year. Men are more likely than women to die from most of these causes.
Heart disease is a term that includes many specific heart conditions. According to the CDC, coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attacks, is the most common heart disease . Other heart conditions include chest pain known as angina, heart failure, and irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias.
According to CDC, the leading causes of cancer death in men are lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death for both men and women, Cigarette smoking causes 90% of lung cancer.
Unintentional injuries are simply accidents. Though a leading cause of death for men many unintentional injuries can be easily prevented. Injuries in this category include, for example, injuries due to falls, fire, and impaired driving. Driving while distracted or tired increases your likelihood of being involved in an accident. Using a cell phone or other electronic device can be hazardous while driving and should be avoided.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted by either a blood clot blocking an artery or a blood vessel breaking. Under these conditions, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Brain damage from a stroke can lead to a loss of abilities, including speech, movement, and memory.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, diabetes can refer either to a deficiency of insulin or to the body’s decreased ability to use insulin. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that allows glucose (sugar) to enter cells and be converted into energy. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults aged 18-64 years.
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