If you clicked into this article, you are probably in your 50s. Are you facing some of these health conditions mentioned in the list below? They might be more common amongst males aged over 50. If you do not face any of these health conditions, it might be good to start taking precautions against these common health issues such as a healthy lifestyle and diet! 

Depression

Depression can happen to anyone at any age. Despite being a sunny island, depression in Singapore is more common than you thought. Depression is the more common form of mental disorder, with one in sixteen Singaporeans experiencing it at some point in their lives. Statistics are not as accurate as most depression cases go unreported.

Compared to females, males are more prone to depression as it is perceived as a sign of weakness, choosing to suppress instead of seeking treatment for it. It is important to recognize that it’s perfectly normal to express your feelings and it’s healthy to reach out to someone who can lend you a listening ear.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Don’t worry, it’s more common than you think. It is estimated that 48% of males who are over the age of 50 experience ED. Work-related stress or other health diseases such as diabetes can lead to ED too. ED can be treated with medications, supplements and surgery. There are also natural treatments available, but it’s best to consult your doctor before trying any of the natural treatments. A diagnosis would be able to let your doctor know the cause of your ED. If your ED is a result of other health conditions, he could better recommend you treatments that can improve your health and your ED.

Heart Disease

Like the rest of your muscle in your body which needs to be exercised to be kept in good condition, your heart needs to be exercised too! If you find yourself panting after walking for a short distance or after some light exercises, you should start introducing light exercises in your lifestyle. Jogging, walking or cycling are some exercises that can keep your heart in good condition. Keep a healthy diet is equally important as well! Include foods which are low in cholesterol and high in omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna and salmon!

Loss of Bone and Muscle Mass

According to Christopher Lien, a senior consultant at Changi General Hospital (CGH), we lose 8 percent of muscle every decade from the age of 40. At the age of 50 now,  you might find that it’s harder to perform certain tasks. Other than aging, a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet are factors contributing to your muscle loss. Though the loss in muscle mass starts as early as the age of 30s, it’s not too late to regain your muscle mass! Start exercising regularly if you have not been doing so and add food rich in calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones healthy!

Colon and Rectum Cancer

According to the Singapore Cancer Society, colon and rectum cancer also known as colorectal cancer is the highest cancers in males in Singapore, with 17.2%. This type of cancer is more commonly seen in males above the age of 50. Hence, it is recommended for males who are above the age of 50 to undergo screening regularly once every year. With early detection, you have a higher chance of beating this cancer!