5 health warning signs men should never ignore

I love my husband. He’s an amazing man, my lifelong soulmate and an awesome father.

But like many men, he’s also a terrible patient!

He will ignore every single sign that something might be wrong with his health until he either can’t take it anymore or I force him to get help. This can mean anything from sticking a supplement and glass of water in his hand to driving him to the doctor and sticking around to make sure he discusses all of his symptoms.

It’s just part of who he is. And I’m sure many, many other women reading this right now are shaking their heads yes and thinking “Oh my gosh, my husband is exactly the same!”

If you’re one of them, I feel your pain, sister.

And if you’re a man, I’ll tell you what I tell my husband…

Listen to your body! It will tell you what you need to know. So, with that in mind, I’ve put together five health warning signs men should never ignore — and suggestions that I’ve given my husband over the years.

Does he follow them? Well, when your wife has spent decades as a health researcher, it helps in the persuasion department…

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#1 — Feeling cold all the time

If you find yourself bundling up while your wife is stripping down to as little as possible and turning down the thermostat, you could have hypothyroidism. While a lot of men think that low thyroid function is a woman’s disease, it’s common in men too. And one of the clearest signs is cold intolerance.

A few of the other common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Constipation

Men with hypothyroidism can also experience lowered libido and erectile dysfunction. It can also be a reason for hair loss!

If you feel that you may have thyroid symptoms, I recommend getting your levels checked by your doctor (ask for a full thyroid panel) and supporting the gland naturally with a blend of these six thyroid-supporting nutrients.

#2 — Unexplained weight loss

Losing weight can be challenging. To drop extra pounds or pant size, you usually have to work hard both at the gym and at home in your kitchen. So if you find that the weight is just falling off even though you aren’t trying to lose weight, there could be a problem.

Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, cancer and liver disease are all on the list of conditions that can lead to unexplained weight loss according to the Mayo Clinic.

#3 — Loss of get up and go in the bedroom

If you’ve ruled out thyroid problems as the cause of your low libido or erectile dysfunction, there are still other conditions you need to consider. Heart and circulatory problems — including high cholesterol or a problem with your body’s production of the natural vasodilator nitric oxide — can reduce blood flow to the penis.

This means that problems with having an erection may be a sign of serious trouble. In fact, an Australian study involving more than 95,000 men found “the men with severe ED and without known cardiovascular disease (CVD) had a relative 35 percent greater risk of hospitalization for all CVDs and a relative 93 percent elevated chance of all-cause mortality, compared to those with no erectile problems.” Be sure to have your heart checked if the bedroom isn’t rocking like it used to be, and consider some heart-healthy lifestyle changes, including exercise, diet and supplements.

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#4 — Dad bod

If you’re experiencing what my husband likes to call the “Dad Bod Trifecta” — low libido, fat around the middle and muscle loss — don’t just write it off to aging. You could be living with low testosterone or low T.

When my husband began to see these issues creeping up and then getting worse, he finally agreed to get his levels checked by his doctor to see exactly where his testosterone level was. Then he was able to take steps to encourage healthy testosterone production naturally by:

  • Lifting weights — Vigorous resistance exercise triggers a big burst of testosterone.
  • Eating more protein — The amino acids found in protein are vital to synthesizing testosterone.
  • Adding fats — The saturated fats found in egg yolks and red meat contain cholesterol, a crucial precursor to testosterone production.
  • Getting rid of fake estrogensDi-Indole Methane (DIM) is a nutrient that latches onto the “fake estrogens” in your body, neutralizes them and carries them safely out of your body — supporting a testosterone/estrogen balance. It’s found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and supplements.

#5 — Shortness of breath

Feeling short of breath after exercise can be completely normal, but like with unexplained weight loss, if there’s no obvious reason why you find yourself regularly trying to catch your breath, it’s time to see your doctor.

According to the Mayo Clinic, health problems that can cause shortness of breath include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Heart problems
  • Obesity
  • Lung cancer

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  1. What Does Hypothyroidism Look Like in Men? — Good RX
  2. Could it be my thyroid? — Harvard Health Publishing
  3. 7 signs and symptoms not to ignore — Mayo Clinic
  4. Erectile dysfunction often a warning sign of heart disease — Harvard Health Publishing
  5. The best exercises to increase testosterone — Piedmont Healthcare
  6. How it’s made: Cholesterol production in your body — Harvard Health Publishing
  7. Shortness of breath — Mayo Clinic
Virginia Tims-Lawson

By Virginia Tims-Lawson

Virginia Tims-Lawson has dedicated her life to researching and studying natural health after her mother had a stroke that left her blind in one eye at the age of 47, and her grandmother and two great uncles died from heart attacks. Spurred by her family history, Virginia’s passion to improve her and her family’s health through alternative practices, nutrients and supplements has become a mission she shares through her writing. She is founder of the nutritional supplement company Peak Pure & Natural®.