Serious health conditions usually develop over time. They do not usually happen all of a sudden. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other life threatening ailments all develop over the course of time. And with their development, they usually bring certain health symptoms as possible warning signs. These symptoms may help alert people if they are at risk of developing a number of life threatening diseases. Here are some of the health symptoms that men should not ignore.
He always feels thirsty.
If a man feels thirsty all of the time, it might be time to have his blood checked. Unquenchable thirst is one of the symptoms of diabetes, a metabolic disease characterized by an unusually high blood sugar levels. Other possible symptoms of the disease include frequent urination, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss or gain, and cuts that do not easily heal. A simple blood test can let you know of elevated blood sugar levels and diagnose diabetes.
He has erection problems.
While some men may be embarrassed by not being able to “get it up”, there are other serious concerns if it becomes a frequent issue. Erectile dysfunction may be caused by many things including smoking, diuretics or high blood pressure medication. But men with ED are also at higher risk of having diabetes, high cholesterol levels, kidney disease and other conditions. Men with this ED are also twice as likely to die from a heart attack.
He is a heavy snorer.
If a man snores a lot, he may be at risk of certain conditions, especially if it is accompanied by breathing lapses. This symptoms are typical of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome or OSAS. If this condition is left untreated, it can increase the risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke and even sudden death. Watch out for other symptoms of sleep apnea such as feeling tires in the morning, thrashing of arms and legs during sleep, or mood swings. Sleep apnea requires treatment and should not be ignored.
He has frequent heartburn.
Having heartburn occasionally is normal. But when it becomes more frequent, it should become a concern. Heartburn two or three times a week may be indicative of gastro-esophogeal reflux disease or GERD. If the condition is left untreated, it can cause inflammation, bleeding and ulcers in the esophagus. It may even lead to esophageal cancer. Heartburn can easily be treated and with changes in eating habits, future episodes can be prevented.
He has a large waist.
Men with large bellies are more prone to many diseases associated with excess weight. Having a waist measurement of more than 40 inches may put men into higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. It can also contribute to other conditions such a stroke, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.