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Top health risks for men

It’s important to remember that health issues can affect anyone of any gender, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic background, so everyone should take care of their own health and wellbeing via prevention and early detection/monitoring. But on the occasion of “Movember” this month, whereby people around the world grow mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health, this Pacific Prime article will also turn our focus to men and explore some health risks affecting this gender. 

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Men’s sexual health issues

Many people face sexual health issues at some point in their adult lives, which can be an incredibly difficult and distressing experience. For men, these can range from persistent difficulties with erections and ejaculations, to a lack of sexual desire, or even certain types of cancers. It goes without saying that the risk of these health issues goes up with age, and we’ll outline some of them below:

Erectile dysfunction (ED)

Defined as “the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sex”, erectile dysfunction (ED) affects about 30 million men in the US each year.  While young men under the age of 40 can also suffer from ED, with one study showing that 26% of males in this category were affected, men older than 40 are three times more likely than their younger counterparts to face ED. 

Low testosterone

Testosterone is a male sex hormone that regulates sex drive, bone and muscle mass, fat distribution, and strength. Low testosterone or male hypogonadism occurs when the testicles don’t produce enough testosterone. One can be born with male hypogonadism or it can develop later in life, due to injury, infection, medication, chemotherapy, alcohol abuse, obesity, and more. Naturally, testosterone levels also decline in men by % per year starting at the age of 30. 

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is amongst the most common type of cancer in men. According to the American Cancer Society, over 260,000 men will suffer from prostate cancer each year, and over 34,000 will die as a result. Men under 40 rarely are affected, as 60% of all cases occur in men above the age of 64. That being said, prostate cancer that’s detected early has the best chance for successful treatment. 

Accidents, injuries, and poisoning 

Did you know that men are much more likely than women to die as a result of an injury? These injuries include car crashes, firearms, drug overdoses, and others. However, they are often self-inflicted due to risky behavior on behalf of young men. More often than not, this arises out of a youthful illusion of invulnerability and an incompletely developed area of the brain that’s responsible for good judgment. 


One’s blood pressure changes throughout the day based on activities undertaken, and blood pressure that consistently measures above normal is known as high blood pressure or hypertension. This increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 51% of men and 40% of women above the age of 20 have hypertension, and the risk for older men is even higher. 


As a chronic disease affecting how one’s body turns food into energy, there are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (affecting pregnant women only). Around 11% of the US population suffers from diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed cases) and a CDC report from 2020 finds that the prevalence rate of diabetes is higher in men than women. Other risk factors include one’s age, weight and obesity, physical activity, genetic factors, and more. 

Heart disease 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It’s also more common in men, who are twice as likely as women to experience a heart attack at some point in their lives. In fact, one study even found a 17% higher risk of death from cardiovascular causes in men when compared to women, who otherwise had the same risk factors like age, smoking habits, obesity, diabetes, and blood pressure. 

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Suphanida is a Senior Content Creator at Pacific Prime, an award-winning global health insurance and employee benefits specialist.

With over 5 years of experience in the field, Suphanida spends the majority of her day synthesizing complex pieces of insurance-related information and translating this into easy-to-understand, engaging, and effective content across a variety of media such as articles, infographics, whitepapers, videos, and more.

Suphanida is also responsible for planning and publishing three whitepapers released annually by Pacific Prime: The State of Health Insurance Report, The Cost of Health Insurance Report, and The Global Employee Benefits Trends Report. Additionally, she handles the LinkedIn profiles of Pacific Prime’s Founder and CEO, as well as Global HR Lead.

Suphanida’s strengths lie in her strong research and analytical skills, which she has gained from her BA in Politics from the University of Warwick and Erasmus Mundus Joint MA in Journalism from Aarhus University and City, University of London.

Being of Thai-Indian origin and having lived, studied, and worked in Thailand, the UK, and Denmark, Suphanida also has a unique, multicultural perspective that helps her understand the struggles of expats and globetrotters.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling to new places and immersing herself in different cultures.
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