7 Diseases most guys will have by age 50 and how to fight them off

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 26, 2015

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By the time they turn 50, most men suffer from some or the other health condition. No matter how healthy your youth has been, there are few conditions that will strike as you walk towards your hairless days. Luckily, most of them can be cured.
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    Tougher times ahead

    You may be the most active lad in your peer group and all your health checkups may be clean, but the fact that all men experience at least a few health troubles in old age still remains. There are certain conditions which strike all men by the time they reach middle age. Thankfully, most of them can be taken care of.

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    Acne

    If you thought acne was a problem limited to females, think again. You may have escaped acne for most of your life, but a research suggests that an average adult male acne patient is 39.5 years old. Limit your carbohydrate intake and eliminate high-glycemic foods to keep acne away.

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    Baldness

    Just because your hair is voluminous now, it does not indicate that you are not at a risk for losing all of them by the time you hit 50. Male pattern baldness affects 67 percent of middle aged men, says a study from Finland. Take care of your tresses, boy!

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    Epstein-Barr virus

    This virus is responsible for causing mononucleosis, the `kissing disease’. If you haven’t experienced the damage yet, there is a fair chance that the virus is lying somewhere in your body. If you are worried about it, seek help from your doctor.

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    Gum diseases

    A study in the Journal of Dental Research proved that mouth problems strike more than half of men. Proper dental hygiene is your only way to keep gum problems at bay, we must say.

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    HPV

    The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted disease. Common cause of genital warts, HPV has been found to affect half of men aged 18 to 40 years with at least one strain of virus. Though most HPV strains are harmless, HPV 16 and 18 have been linked with increased risk of various cancers. Safe intercourse is your only way to stay protected.

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    Obesity

    According to data from CDC, 73 percent of adult men are either overweight or obese. And no, going to gym in your young days may not be of much help too. Watch out for what you eat because a healthy diet can do wonders.

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    Visual refractive error

    A study in the American Journal of Ophthalmology says that 46 percent of Americans are farsighted, 25 percent are nearsighted and 45 percent suffer from astigmatism. A solid specs or pair of lenses can cure all your troubles.

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