Common health risks for men over the age of 50
In their 50s, men will notice signs of their health slowing down the road. The following diseases are very common in men of this age.
- Impotence/erectile dysfunction
The condition is caused by anything that interferes with blood flow to the penis, which can be caused by diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Impotence and erectile dysfunction will increase with age, with up to 5% of 40-year-old men suffering from the condition and can affect 25% of men by age 65.
- Prostate problems
Located near the bladder and penis, the prostate surrounds the urinary duct that drains urine out of the bladder.
It is part of the male reproductive system. Prostatitis usually affects men in their 50s; however, it is also reported in men over the age of 60 and can be treated with medication or surgery.
- Physical and emotional health issues
Men in their late 50s and 60s may experience depression, impotence, loss of libido and other physical and emotional problems such as: lightheaded mood, loss of muscle mass, fatigue, dry skin, increased sweating, loss of enthusiasm, poor concentration and or irritability.
- Heart disease and high blood pressure (hypertension)
Cardiovascular disease kills more men than any other cause. More than a fifth of men die from heart disease before the age of 75.