This week is Men’s Health Week and a chance to reflect on problems that affect men and ways to prevent chronic illness and disease caused by lifestyle. Here are the top 10 threats to men’s health currently.
Heart Disease – According to the American Heart Association, men tend to develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than women, which is why they are more likely to die from it at a younger age. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, but diabetes, obesity; a poor diet, not exercising enough and drinking too much alcohol may also contribute to an increased risk.
Cancer – Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the US. After lung cancer, men are most likely to die from prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases – According to the American Lung Association, men who smoke are about 12 times more likely to die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compared to men who have never smoked. The easiest method of prevention is not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke.
Stroke – High blood pressure and cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and heart disease are factors that increase your risk of a stroke. You can reduce the risk by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and drinking less alcohol.
Diabetes – Factors that increase your likelihood of developing diabetes include being overweight or obese, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and not getting enough exercise (fewer than three times a week). For adults who are at high risk, moderate weight loss and regular exercise are effective ways to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Suicide – For men, depression is a significant risk factor related to suicide. Sadly, men continue to be less forward in reaching out when they are experiencing heightened anxiety and depression. Emotional stressors stem from day-to-day pressures, family, job, bills, demands on time etc.
Alzheimer’s Disease – Symptoms of Alzheimer’s are most common after 60 and the risk increases with age. A person’s family history, high cholesterol, low levels of vitamin foliate and high blood pressure are thought to have links to Alzheimer’s. Not smoking, eating nutrient dense whole foods, exercising regularly, engaging in social activities and regularly using your cognitive skills may help slow down the onset of the disease.
Influenza and Pneumonia – Pneumonia is caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi, but here in the US viral causes include influenza and RSV. Symptoms include a cough, fever and difficulty breathing. You’re at greater risk if you smoke, have diabetes, or heart disease.
Kidney Disease – You are more at risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, age, high cholesterol, and a family history of the disease. Healthy lifestyle habits such as eating fruit and vegetables, exercising regularly, reducing salt intake and maintaining a healthy blood pressure can help keep your kidneys healthy.
Unintentional injuries are also among the top 10 threats to men’s health.
Overall, start by looking at your lifestyle; don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, get moving, limit alcohol and manage stress because M.E.N. [Mechanical. Emotional. Nutritional} is the cause of stress and stress is the cause of all disease. Find out more about M.E.N. by visiting https://www.mccaffreyhealth.com/mccaffrey-method/