Men should maximize their health by addressing health concerns that are specific to men. Understanding potential health concerns is the first step in minimizing your risk and maximizing your health. For example, did you know that while heart disease afflicts both men and women; it affects men earlier in their lives, up to 10 years earlier than women? Men are also at an increased risk of stroke until the age of 75, and smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse, and obesity can further increase their risk of stroke. Not all of men’s health concerns are related to advancing age: men in their 30s are prone to herniated discs, while men in their 40s might experience decreases in energy as testosterone levels decrease.