5 silent killers of gay men in their 50’s

A quick look at major health risks of gay men in their 50's, and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Health Peter Minkoff

This article was published on July 20th, 2019

It is never too early to start looking after yourself more than before. If you have been living a stress-free life, sleeping and exercising regularly and never drinking to excess – congrats. But the rest of the party people need to check their pulse and not overlook the health risks that are always lurking, especially as you grow older. Here is a look at the five silent killers of gay men who are in their 50’s, and what you should be aware of:

Untreated mental issues

There has been a rise in suicides among older men, which is especially in countries with a low rate of violent deaths, such as England, where the suicides have become the leading cause of death for men – going as high up as 24% in 2013. Depression is one of the leading mental issues in today’s world. If we combine this with the traditional upbringing that puts an emphasis on bottling up emotions among boys, it is no wonder that later in life this can have devastating effects. Be kind to yourself and seek help from professionals for a better quality of life.

Diabetes

If your body has issues processing blood sugar, also known as glucose, you have diabetes. The most common type and the one that is directly connected with obesity is Type 2 diabetes. In America alone, there are 30 million Americans (which makes up 9.4% of the population) suffering from diabetes. Losing some weight by changing your diet may help you to reach your normal blood sugar levels. This means that you could go on without the need for medication. As they say, it is better to prevent than cure, so consider making some changes in your diet at a later age, especially if you have some extra pounds. If you make this change permanent, not only will you be able to prevent diabetes, but also keep yourself safe from other health concerns as well, such as various heart problems.

Heart disease

The number one killer all over the world and especially in the United States, where it makes up for 1 in every 4 deaths. It is another product of an unhealthy diet, so switching to a low calorie diet that is high in protein and fiber would definitely help, just like with diabetes. However, another thing that can help you unclog your arteries is exercise. If you haven’t paid attention to diet and exercise throughout your life. Your 50’s might be just the time to finally hit the gym, because you start losing muscle strength after middle age and begin suffering from sarcopenia. To prevent it and help your heart regain strength, regular exercising is a must. Consider taking supplements, especially the supplements, because they can help you regain muscle tissue much faster.

Cancer

The big baddie everyone is afraid of, even if it is not the greatest killer on this list. The one that is purely the disease of older male population is prostate cancer. New cases every year number over 170,000. Luckily, most men who have been diagnosed will not die from it and this is why it is important to go see a doctor regularly and get diagnosed early. This is especially important if you are 40+, as the disease is rare among younger men.

Stress

The scourge of modern times, stress in itself will not kill you, but it can help any of the above problems to develop. This perfectly normal reaction of your body to new situation and problems, if repeated daily, can cause headaches, sleeping problems, pain in your back and stomach – and those are just superficial symptoms. It affects people physically and psychologically in over 70% of cases, with some 30 % stating that their daily lives are spent in extreme stress. Some of the advice that help you fight other issues intertwine with helping your body deal with stress. The healthy changes to your diet, regular physical exercise and reduction in alcohol or nicotine intake are helpful ways to alleviate daily stress. If you feel you are fighting an uphill battle, be sure to consult a mental health professional as well.

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