CLEVELAND — When it comes to men’s health as they age, a Cleveland Clinic survey found that sexual health is a big concern.
Of those surveyed, 44% worry about erectile dysfunction, 39% about loss of libido and 36% about low testosterone.
“I think it’s something that men realize can change with age, and a lot of men might not realize it can happen to men of all ages,” said Petar Bajic, MD, urologist. at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr Bajic said the survey had other interesting findings as well, as more than half of men, around 58%, mistakenly believe that low testosterone is the most common cause of erectile dysfunction.
“In fact, most men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, especially over the age of 50, are much more likely to be the consequence of cardiovascular disease, such as hardening and narrowing of the arteries,” he said. -he declares. “It could be due to diabetes and all sorts of different things. A relatively small percentage of men have low testosterone as the main cause of their sexual problems.
Additionally, the majority of men surveyed mistakenly believe that they are more likely to get prostate cancer than any other cancer.
“Prostate cancer is very common, but there are a number of other cancers that are also very common,” he explained.
Dr Bajic said that’s why it’s so important for men to get routine checkups, which the survey shows they don’t. 55% said they do not have regular health tests.
“Men at all levels need to take better care of their health. They tend to be more reactive when issues arise and maybe less proactive, so by getting routine health checks, really understanding your condition, things can be caught earlier,” he said. declared.
Dr Bajic said it was also important for men to know their family history.
The survey revealed that 77% do not know their family history of urological problems and 64% do not know their family history of cancers.