No. 3: Fatal accidents

Remember that guy at work who always went around preaching safety first, the guy you made fun of while he put on safety goggles and would not stand on the top step of a ladder, while you faked getting your finger cut off by a table saw?

That guy could prevent one of the leading causes of preventable deaths among men: accidents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common cause of death by accident involves motor vehicles. Many a man would be much better off if he had worn his seat belt, pulled over at a rest stop and taken a quick nap, or not filled out his NCAA tournament bracket while driving.

Common sense can prevent most accidents on the road or at home, including poisonings and falls, which represent the second- and third-leading accidental causes of death.

Of course, common sense eating could help you avoid the next sleeper risk ...

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No. 2: Type 2 diabetes

There's something about a middle-aged man and his gut that's endearing ... to doctors and pharmaceutical companies, that is.

Excess weight is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes and can be prevented with a diet that includes fruits, vegetables and low-fat foods. In other words, the stereotypical "man's man" meal of steak, spare ribs or any other slab of on-sale meat five days a week needs to be altered.

Exercise helps, too. Oh, and watching other people exercise doesn't count.

If you think all this salad and strawberries and treadmills and not pounding a double Whopper with a bag of peanut butter cups and a 2-liter bottle of Dr. Pepper and a pint of Budweiser is unmanly, then maybe you'd prefer something more manly -- heart disease, blindness, nerve damage or kidney disease, for example -- all often caused by type 2 diabetes.

It also makes you more susceptible to our last sleeper health risk ...


No. 1: Kidney disease (and who better to tell men how to live than women) reports that men smoke and drink more, live less healthy lifestyles, participate in more risky behaviors, are less likely to have a regular doctor and are more likely to ignore symptoms of a health problem than women.

Winning these categories is nothing to brag about, especially when the resulting health problems could lead to death.

Unhealthy living and lack of regular checkups is a major cause of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, the two most common causes of kidney disease. Symptoms of kidney disease include a change in energy, increased water retention, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, easy bruising, light-headedness and itching.

Reduce your risk with exercise and a healthy diet. Sound familiar? It had better if you want to avoid these five sleeper health risks.