Last month I did a women’s health week, so I thought that the men were deserving a week’s dedication. This wouldn’t be necessary if we all looked like the first man here; unfortunately that is not the case. Most American men, or the guys you see walking down the street resemble the second picture; which is why this week is for men. Men have a shorter life expectancy than women. So what’s going wrong here? Men to drink and smoke more than women, they don’t seek medical health as often, and some men are defined by work- which adds stress, which leads to health conditions and heart disease. They are at risk for prostate cancer (we’ll look at this further tomorrow), low testosterone, colon cancer and heart disease. What can we do then to improve our well-being and futures? Here are some general tips:
- Eat health. Duh, it’s a no brainer that eating healthy will make you healthier and decrease your risk for chronic diseases.
- Keep a healthy body fat. Men who are overweight or obese increase their risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
- Get moving; exercise increases health and assists with weight loss.
- Don’t smoke! Smoking is linked to cancer, lung disease and stroke and triples the risk of dying of heart disease.
- Get routine exams and screenings for prevention and early detection of possible conditions.
- Manage stress: this is important for both mental and physical stress, because as we’ve looked at before, chronically high levels of cortisol caused by stress can lead to chronic diseases.
- Get enough sleep (I’ve covered sleep so many times). Catch some zzz’s and restore your hormones and maintain muscle tissue.
- Think safety; don’t do anything dumb and dangerous to risk your life.
Coming this week:
Tuesday: Prostate Cancer
Wednesday: Turkish Get-up
Saturday: Oyster recipes