5 Common Men's Health Problems You Can Avoid


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Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men in the United States [source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. And while this may make it seem inevitable, you can actually reduce your chances of being targeted by this killer.

You may have noticed that most of the health conditions on our list have suggested weight loss or smoking cessation as preventive measures. That is because both obesity and smoking increase your body's risks of developing many diseases -- and heart disease is no different. So if you want to avoid being part of heart disease's daunting statistic, stop smoking, eat a diet low in fat and sodium, and exercise. You'll also need to manage any related conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, which would also include weight management and a healthy lifestyle regimen.

Eating the right foods and making time for a workout can take commitment and self-discipline, but when you consider they may prevent one of the deadliest diseases, you'll see that they really are simple measures after all.

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