June is Men’s Health Month, and a good opportunity to bring awareness to the top threats men face with their health.
Outside of physical health issues, one of the biggest threats is the generally dismissive attitude men adopt towards their health. Men, more than women, tend to ignore symptoms and view regular check ups as less important than they are. Being proactive with your health means preventing larger problems down the road, which includes four of the leading causes of death for men.
Heart disease occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and narrows the passage blood can flow through. Men account for more than sixty percent of heart disease related deaths, and more than one-third of men are impacted by heart-related health issues. Anyone, at any age, can develop heart disease.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is stopped, which in turn deprives the brain of oxygen. While family history of stroke increases your risk, up to eighty percent of strokes are preventable. Much like heart disease, strokes can happen to anyone.
Men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer as women. They are also twice as likely to binge drink alcohol, which increases the risk for several forms of cancer. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is the second leading cancer-caused death in men, behind lung cancer.
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
Chronic lower respiratory diseases include asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. While asthma has a genetic bias, eighty percent of bronchitis and emphysema cases are caused by smoking tobacco products or secondhand smoke. There is currently no cure for these diseases, but treatments are available to manage symptoms.
Pro-active Health Tips
Looking at these conditions can be intimidating, but by regularly caring for your health, you can help to lower your risk for each one.
Following some basic guidelines can help all of these health issues potentially be prevented:
- maintain a healthy weight
- exercise at a moderate to vigorous level at least ten minutes a day
- eat a healthy and balanced diet
- don’t smoke or use tobacco products
- if using alcohol, enjoy only in moderation
- and have a consistent method for managing stress.
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