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10 warning signs of health problems in men to see a doctor

According to a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians, 38 percent of men go to the doctor only when they’re extremely sick or when symptoms don’t go away on their own. But feeling healthy isn’t the same as being healthy, and waiting around for problems to get better with time could lead to complications or late diagnoses. 

 
Men need to be vigilant about symptoms that could indicate potential health conditionsSymptoms may be subtle and ongoing or sudden and painful. Either way the following symptoms are signs to see a doctor:
 
1. Chest Pain - Although usually associated with a  heart attack chest pains may also indicate angina, or a lung condition such as pneumonia, a pulmonary embolism, or asthma. Or it might be a gastrointestinal health condition such as acid reflux or a stomach ulcer. All of these need a doctor’s attention.
 
2. Bloody Urine - a prime symptom of prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate. It could also be due to either cancer or stones in the bladder or kidney. Kidney disease or injury can cause bloody urine as can inflammation or infection of the bladder, kidney, or urethra.
 
3. Shortness of Breath - another symptom that can mean any number of things. It can signal a heart attack, congestive heart failure, lung disease, asthma, or pulmonary hypertension. Shortness of breath also is a symptom
associated with anemia.
 
4. Hair Loss - a natural part of aging, temporary hair loss can also be the result major surgery, illness or severe emotional stress. Hair loss also can also serve as a warning for a more serious conditions, such as an autoimmune disease like lupus, infectious diseases like syphilis, thyroid disease, or ringworm. 
 
5. Erectile Dysfunction ‹ about 70 percent of cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by another condition, making this a warning signal of a serious medical issue such as, diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, kidney disease, neurologic disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, and vascular disease.
 
6. Fatigue - an ongoing lack of energy and motivation and is a normal response to circumstances such as stress, physical exertion, or lack of sleep. However, fatigue also can be a symptom of a more serious physical or psychological health conditions  including, cancer, congestive heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, infections, and kidney or liver disease. Fatigue also can be part of health problems like anemia, depression, sleep disorders, or a malfunctioning thyroid gland.
 
7. Dizziness - feeling light-headed, unsteady on your feet, or experiencing the sensation that the room is spinning around you occurs when there is not enough blood reaching the brain. It can result from a sudden drop in blood pressure or dehydration. Dizziness often accompanies health problems like the flu, allergies, or hypoglycemia. It also can indicate a serious health risk like heart disease, stroke, or shock.
 
8. Excessive Thirst - every man should drink lots of water to maintain his health. However, excessive thirst can be a prominent symptom of hyperglycemia and possible diabetes. Excessive thirst also is an indication of possible internal bleeding, severe infection, or a failure of the heart, liver, or kidneys.
 
9.  Memory Loss - more than just forgetting where you put your keys, it’s a health condition characterized by a level of continued and unusual forgetfulness. Aging creates a certain low-level amount of memory loss, but dramatic memory loss often indicates Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, brain infections, brain damage, depression, encephalitis, stroke, and alcoholism. Certain vitamin deficiencies also can bring on memory loss
 
10. Vision Problems - vision naturally deteriorates with age, but problems like blurry vision, blind spots, halos around lights, and tunnel vision can indicate a serious eye condition. You could be experiencing vision problems caused by an eye disease like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, or macular degeneration. Or it could indicate a health problem such as a migraine, a stroke, or a brain tumor.

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