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5 Common Myths Regarding Health Issues Men Over 50 Face Busted

As we age, we might experience a lot more health issues – such as experiencing pain in our joints, thinking that it is just part and parcel of the aging process. However, did you know that some of the health conditions are not attributed mainly because of aging and could be prevented if you did something earlier? Find out what are some of these myths and learn how to better protect your health!

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Prostate Cancer Kills Most Men

Contrary to popular belief, prostate cancer isn’t the number one killer. Though prostate cancer is prevalent in men, most of them who are diagnosed with prostate cancer recover from it with early medical intervention. At the age of 50, you should be going for regular screening for prostate once a year as it can help you to detect any early symptoms of prostate cancer. Though not many people diagnosed with prostate cancer die from it, it can hinder your daily life and it is also the 3 most common type of cancer in Singapore according to the Singapore Cancer Society!

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Is Part of Aging

Men who are older might be more prone to developing ED, but age is just a part of many other factors which are causing ED. Some of these factors are smoking, excessive drinking, side effects of medications and health conditions such as diabetes. Prevent ED by leading a healthy lifestyle such as exercising regularly and having a healthy diet.

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No more running after 50

We’ve heard how running is bad for the knees and joints. However, there is little scientific evidence to prove that running can cause arthritis or other joint problems in the long-term.

In fact, many who incorporated running into part of their exercise regimen still continues to run even as they age. It can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and it’s also great as a form of destressing. But if you just started running, don’t be overambitious and attempt to run far. Start small and slowly increase the distance of running overtime.

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Eating lesser = lower metabolism rate

Instead of eating lesser, you should, in fact, be consuming more. As you age, the body needs to take in more vitamins and minerals to keep the body healthy and strong. As bone density decreases, vitamins D is essential to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Muscle mass also decreases with age, so having protein in your diet is important too.

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Guys don’t get breast cancer

Just like females, guys have breast tissue as well so that does not lower their risk of getting breast cancer. Though it is not prevalent among guys as compared to females, an estimated of 25 percent of guys who are diagnosed with breast cancer die from it. Some of the factors that increases your risk are aging, family history and also if you are obese.