“A lot of men think going to the doctor is just one more thing on a seemingly endless ‘to do’ list,” said Kevin Polsley, MD, a Loyola Medicine primary care physician. “Men need to start thinking about their health and making it a priority.”
Dr. Polsley, an assistant professor of internal medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, lists these top three health concerns for men and what they can do about them.
An estimated 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, but many aren’t tested for it. Symptoms include snoring, waking up frequently in the night, headaches in the morning or waking with a dry mouth.
“Many men’s health issues can be helped if they take steps to manage their sleep apnea. Long-term complications from the disease include high blood pressure, heart failure, heart attacks and stroke, so it’s an important condition to diagnose and treat,” Dr. Polsley said.
Loyola’s Sleep Disorders Center tests for sleep apnea and provides treatment options. Weight loss may help decrease this problem as well.