The Top-Most Common Killer Of Men — and How You Can Avoid It

We all know birth and death is the never ending cycle. We all will die one day. But, if we improve our overall quality of lives and family lives, then certainly, we can live longer and healthier lives.

Mostly men have shorter life expectancies than women. Have you ever tried to know the reason behind? Men are more likely to die than women because usually men avoid the symptoms by not having regular checkups by a doctor or health care provider and by taking steps to live a healthier life.

Here are the top diseases that cause death in men.

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Unintentional injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer

Heart disease

Usually, men develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than women. It is the leading cause of death in men.

Symptoms and prevention

Major symptoms of heart attack includes;

  • Discomfort in the chest.
  • Discomfort in the upper body; one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Some may fell cold sweat, feel nauseated or light–headed.

It can be prevented by controlling high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure with a healthy diet, regular exercise, not smoking or drinking alcohol, keeping your blood sugar levels under control and maintaining a healthy weight.

If after doing all these above things, you still have high blood cholesterol or high blood pressure, discuss with your doctor regarding medications.


According to studies, the second leading causes of cancer death in men are lung cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. Ninety percent of lung cancer is caused by cigarette smoking and drinking alcohol.

Symptoms and preventions

Major symptoms of cancer includes;

  • Shortness of breath, Chest pain, Fever, Weight loss
  • Persistent coughing and Wheezing, Coughing up blood
  • Frequent urinating, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of the stool for more than a couple of weeks
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
  • Abdominal discomforts, such as cramps, gas or pain
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely.
  • Weakness or fatigue

You must always have regular preventive health screenings. Quit smoking and avoid alcohol. Eat a healthy, varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Maintain a healthy weight. Limit your exposure to Sun and use sunscreen. Exercise regularly. Know and review your family’s medical history.

If you find any of these symptoms, seek your doctor as soon as possible.

Unintentional injuries

Unintentional injuries are simply accidents, which is the third leading cause of death for men. These injuries can easily be prevented and save life if not neglected.

Symptoms and prevention

Major symptoms of unintentional injuries includes;

  • Fall
  • Fire
  • Accident

Exercise regularly. Don’t drink and drive. Consume painkillers which are having less side effects and interactions.

Install smoke alarms and double check the safety of heating units for safety. Drive carefully.


People with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than people without diabetes. About 65 percent of deaths in people occur due to heart disease and stroke is due to diabetes. It can lead to kidney failure.

Symptoms and prevention

Major symptoms of diabetes includes;

  • Frequent urination, increased fatigue and unusual weight loss
  • Excessive thirst and hunger
  • Blurry vision and irritability

Understanding your body and managing your risk factors can help you avoid diabetes and live a longer and better life. Know and review your family’s medical history. If you are diabetic, always go for regular check-ups.


Alzheimer is the fifth leading disease and is an incurable, progressive degenerative disease of the brain. It is the most common types of dementia. It declines in the ability to think and understand.

Symptoms and prevention

Major symptoms of Alzheimers/warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease includes;

  • Memory loss or unexplained confusion that usually happens with daily activities
  • Difficulty in performing familiar tasks and getting lost in familiar surroundings
  • Problems in understanding, speaking, reading or writing
  • Forgetting words or substituting inappropriate words
  • Poor judgment like wearing a winter coat on a hot summer day
  • Drastic changes in personality
  • Lack of interest or involvement in daily activities
  • Misplacing thing in inappropriate places and forgetting

Improving your cardiovascular function may help you prevent the disease.

Lets conclude

A report from the National Center for Health Statistics found that more than 1 in 5 men have not seen any kind of health professional in over a year.

It’s time to tie your knot guys. Let’s pledge to keep our health fit without any carelessness. Let’s improve our overall quality of lives. Perhaps, we can live longer and healthier lives.