It is Men's Health Month.
Be in the know of the four areas that wreak damaging effects on the well-being of men. Men need to heighten their awareness of preventable health problems.
A common cause of male deaths is heart disease.
Heart disease kills more men each year than all types of cancer combined.
It is judicious to know and learn about your lipids and their effect on your body and heart health. You should know your cholesterol both, the HDL and LDL levels, as well as your triglycerides scores.
Talk with your doctor on how to lower your risks for heart disease. Get a lipid blood test to see if you are on the road to heart disease.
When you amend lifestyle behaviors, you can significantly lower your risks. Self-care is critical to your heart health.
- Engage in physical activity and regular exercise.
- It is beneficial to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. Walking is a healthful type of exercise.
- Manage your diet, eat plenty of fruits, nuts, vegetables.
- Minimize the use of Trans fats.
- Use olive oil to help lower your cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
Cancer diseases are the second leading cause of mortality for men. Three types of cancer, the lungs, prostate, and colorectal, are the chief causes of cancer deaths for men.
1. Lung Cancer:
Among cancers, lung cancer is the number one cause of death for men. You are at elevated risk for lung cancer if you work in trades that might expose you to carcinogens like asbestos or radon.
The habits you cultivate early on in life influence raising or lowering your cancer risks. Smokers and former smokers have increased risks, and health is impacted based on smoking history. Cigarette smoking is a real contributing factor, and cigarettes are the archenemy of your lungs.
The best option is to stop smoking or do not begin smoking. And it is essential to minimize your risks to environmental carcinogens. Put in place the appropriate protections to avoid exposure.
2. Prostate Cancer:
Prostate cancer is another cause of cancer deaths among men. Your genes are a strong predictor of prostate cancer risk and can predispose you to this condition.
As well, your weight and body mass are predisposing factors. Men who have increased body fat are more likely to develop and die of prostate cancer. Fat appears to drive the kind of immune activity and inflammation that acts as fuel for cancer cells. The higher your BMI, the higher the risk.
Be vigilant about results from the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests, a specific protein produced by your prostate. Elevated levels of this protein can be a red flag for prostate cancer.
Knowing your blood levels of this protein can provide helpful information and ways to reduce your risk for prostate cancer. Help protect yourself against prostate cancer.
Talk to your doctor to determine whether the test is the right choice for you.
3. Colorectal Cancer:
Next on the list is colorectal cancer, another cause of cancer deaths among men. Colorectal cancer often begins as a rectal polyp, a kind of pre-cancerous lesion that forms in the lining of your colon.
Men who are overweight, obese, physically inactive, or suffer from certain inflammatory bowel disorders are at risk. They seem to be at higher risk of the condition. Genetics also play a role, making you may be more likely to get this condition.
If you notice changes in bowel habits, blood in your stool, rectal bleeding, or unexplained weight loss, have a talk with your doctor without delay.
Early detection is critical to your prognosis. Screening programs and colonoscopy are also a way to identify and detect early changes.
Eat right and healthier to reduce your risks. Avoid excessive red meat consumption and a diet heavy in processed meats.