Learn which health symptoms may be a sign of a more serious health condition for men

Some men have a habit of ignoring doctors unless symptoms are especially dire. If you or your spouse are experiencing any of these health symptoms, consider getting a health checkup. Symptoms can be signs of serious health problems, and when it comes to your health, treatment is always better sooner than later. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your doctor for your peace of mind.

Weight Issues
Waist size isn’t just a cosmetic issue for men. According to Healthfinder.gov, waists larger than 40 inches put men at risk for serious health concerns. If your belly measures bigger than 40 inches or close to 40 inches, talk to your doctor about getting health screenings and learning how to cut down on your weight. Diet, exercise, more sleep and stress reduction can help with waist size and disease prevention.

Constipation or Loose Stools
Ignoring constipation can lead to straining, which can lead to uncomfortable, itchy hemorrhoids. While these may not be a serious health concern, they can seriously interfere with your daily life. Talk to your doctor about a diet that can help with your regularity. If you experience severe constipation or diarrhea for more than two weeks, talk to your doctor. You may need to be screened for signs of colorectal cancer. Stool isn’t something anyone enjoys talking to the doctor about, but take comfort in knowing your doctor has conversations like this every day.

Chest Pain
According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one cause of death in males. Take chest pain seriously, as well as any other sign of heart disease or heart attack. Call your doctor or head to the nearest hospital if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, severe lightheadedness or sudden pain in the shoulders or arms.

Erectile Dysfunction
According to Medline Plus, male sexual dysfunction is not a natural part of aging. Being unable to keep or achieve an erection is something you need to discuss with your doctor, even if it’s a topic you find uncomfortable or embarrassing. In addition to affecting your love life, this symptom can involve your overall health. Your doctor needs to make sure your dysfunction isn’t a sign of a more serious health problem, such as diabetes.

Memory Loss
Feeling forgetful? It’s probably nothing. However, if your memory lapses or issues have become significant, it’s time to talk to your doctor about potential symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

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