Men told don’t ignore these vital clues your health may be in serious trouble

Men are notoriously bad at visiting the GP, with women 20 per cent more likely to seek help for a health condition.

Yet one in five UK men die before the age of 65 – and charity Movember aims to cut premature male deaths by 25 per cent over the next decade.

GP Dr Tony Steel says it is important men don’t ignore vital clues their health may be in serious trouble.

He said: “You wouldn’t ignore the warning light on your car dashboard telling you there’s no petrol left, so why do that
with your body when symptoms could be warning of something more serious?”

Movember isn’t just about growing an impressive ­moustache – it’s also about helping men become more empowered around their health.

Here are five checks that could help you or your partner on the road to a healthier life.

Men need to be less reluctant to visit the doctor

 

Test your prostate

Why it’s important

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with nearly 42,000 diagnoses every year. One in eight men will get it in their lifetime, so it pays to be vigilant.

How to reduce your risk

Maintaining a healthy weight can offer some protection, as
can a diet high in lycopene – which is found in cooked and processed tomatoes.

When to get checked

Symptoms include difficulty passing urine, a weaker stream, need to go more frequently, ­especially at night, or pain in the back or pelvis. It is vital to
see a GP if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms. Men over 50 are also entitled to a test.

You can check your blood pressure at home

 

Monitor mood

Why it’s important

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged between 20 and 49 in the UK. It is vital to pay attention to any feelings of ­hopelessness, extreme sadness, loss of interest in everyday life exhaustion, low sex
drive or sleeping ­problems ­– all of which could indicate depression.

How to reduce your risk

Talk to someone you trust, ideally at the first signs of ­depression. And regular exercise
has also been proven to help boost the mood.

When to get checked

Visit your GP if you have any of the symptoms listed. They will discuss medication, therapy or a combination of both.

Don’t be scared to have a feel down there – it could save your life

Testicular cancer check

Why it’s important

It is the most common cancer in men under 35, with around 2,200 new cases diagnosed every year.

How to reduce your risk

Check yourself regularly by feeling carefully for swelling, lumps or texture changes.

When to get checked

If you find any of the above, visit your GP for a testicle check. They may advise an ultrasound and blood test.

Your blood pressure can be a good indicator

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Check your blood pressure

Why it’s important

Persistent high blood pressure can lead to strokes, heart ­disease and kidney problems

How to reduce your risk

Exercising for 30 minutes, four times a week.

When to get checked

Men over 40 should be tested every three years.

Measure your cholesterol

Why it’s important

It leads to heart disease, which can result in a heart attack.

How to reduce your risk

Swapping to a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and nuts can lower cholesterol.

When to get checked

If you are obese, over 40 or have a history of heart attacks in the family, visit your GP for a routine cholesterol check.

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