Men: Be Wary of Health Symptoms

Men: Be Wary of Health Symptoms

Dr.Sunil Jain profile Authored by Dr.Sunil Jain on 15 Jul 2014 - 15:48.


Men usually do not see a doctor unless they find a problem persisting, worrisome or painful. This makes them vulnerable to potential health conditions, because what can be nipped in the initial stages is left unattended,eventually leading to a chronic condition. A subtle warning sign can be present for some time before it presents itself as a serious condition. Hence any warning sign or symptoms that get noticed are best addressed at the earliest. So seeing a doctor on time is like the adage “a stitch in time saves nine.”

Here are ten such symptoms which may raise an alarm and needs a doctor’s visit or a health check done to eliminate any potential health risks.

1.      Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common concern, especially in the men. However, it may affect at any age but more common in middle-aged or even men in their 30s. It usually occurs as a consequence of severe stress. The temporary hair loss may occur in people recovering from any chronic illness or surgery. However, it cannot be ignored as part of aging. It may be an indicative of certain severe health issues in men including ringworm, lupus, syphilis and thyroid problems.

2.      Vision Problems

Deterioration of vision usually occurs with aging around middle age. In general, men suffer more eye accidents as compared to women. Symptoms of vision problem may include blurred vision, blind spot, tunnel vision etc. These symptoms may be an indicative of serious vision problems including retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma or macular degradation. Moreover, these symptoms may indicate several other health problems, such as, stroke, migraine, or brain tumor. Hence a period comprehensive eye check-up can help prevent any eye problems.

3.    Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

Erectile dysfunction is characterized by a reduced ability of men to get or keep an erection at some point. It may also lead to reduced sex desire. It is often caused as a consequence of several chronic illnesses including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis, kidney problems, excessive alcohol consumption, and multiple sclerosis. If erection problems last for a few weeks, it is advised to visit your general physician.

4.      A lump on your testicle

An appearance of a lump on the testicle can be an alarming sign of testicular cancer. Although, most of the time the lumps on the testicle are not cancerous, it is important to get the necessary tests done to ensure it is not a cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men, especially men between 20 to 35.

5.      Depression

Depression is an emotional disturbance that affects overall health and daily routine, family, social and especially office work. It is often caused due to imbalance between chemicals in the brain and stress hormones. Men are far more likely to commit suicide following long term depression than women. It is advised to seek medical help if you are feeling depressed.

6.      Frequent urination during night hours

Urinating frequently after consumption of ample water or in winter months is a normal scenario. But frequent urination in the night or in hot summers can be a sign of diabetes mellitus or a prostatic symptom in elderly males above 50 years of age.With BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) or a prostatic cancer and accompanying symptoms, blood in urine or painful urination are some of the symptoms.

7.      Blackout or giddiness

Usually this is a common complaint when you skip a meal, because of which blood glucose levels fall considerably causing hypoglycemic blackouts. But other serious causes of blackout cannot be ignored, which are a stroke, severe dehydration or drastic drop in blood pressure. These signs are consequent to insufficient oxygen reaching the brain due to some clot or some other existing condition.

8.      Easy fatigability

Stress can be a common complaint with almost everyone leading to intense fatigue.Sometimes the reason could be even more serious like a weak heart suggesting congestive cardiac failure, malfunctioning of the thyroid gland and even depression. Sometimes anemia or improper sleep habits can also lead to easy fatigability.

9.      Chest Pain

A left sided chest pain is invariably associated with a heart attack, which may not always be the case. Chest pain along with other conditions reveals a heart condition. It could be something mild like heartburn or increased acid levels or could be something serious like a Pulmonary Embolism, Anginal pain, Asthma, Pneumonia or any other respiratory tract infections or lung allergies. If ignored, it can even lead to serious complications.

10.  Blood in the semen and / or urine

Occurrence of the blood in the urine and / or in the semen can be a sign of prostate cancer. Some other signs of prostate cancer includepain while urination, reduced force in the urine stream, general pain, bone pain etc. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men.Hence these symptoms should not be ignored and a regular health check-up can go a long way in saving you from all the pain and anxiety. Early detection and treatment of prostate cancer has always been effective.

Keeping in mind the various day-to-day health issues men may face,it is absolutely necessary for a periodic screening test to be done. This helps to prevent any potential health risks just in time.The screening tests will depend upon various factors like age, lifestyle,risk factors and family history.



*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.