The Top Health Risks for Men

The Top Health Risks for Men

 

The following are health risks for men which can lead to premature death if they are not prevented or dealt with in their early stages:

Heart Disease and High Cholesterol

The number one killer of men in the United States is heart disease. Heart disease is usually caused by the blockage or hardening of the arteries due to various heartdiseasefactors, including high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is important for preserving the integrity of cells, but too much of it in the blood stream is not healthy because it can get stuck in blood vessels and lead to arterial plaque. This in turn can result in high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and potential heart attack and stroke.

The plaque can break off of the artery walls and lead to a blood clot. If the clot travels to the brain, it can lead to stroke, which can be severely disabling or fatal. If the clot travels to the heart, it can cause a heart attack, and heart damage or even death.

Cholesterol is contained in animal-related products that we eat, such as red meat. It is also produced naturally in the body. Men with high cholesterol are at higher risk of cardiovascular issues and erectile dysfunction due to decrease blood flow from the hardened arteries.

Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise and contributes to vascular issues. It too can cause narrowing of blood vessels. The narrowing of blood vessels can often result in erectile dysfunction. It can also lead to circulation being cut off to the extremities like the toes, which can necessitate amputation.

Diabetes is the number two cause of amputation in the world, second only to accidents. Amputations often have serious consequences for one’s health and mobility.

Diabetes can also lead to nerve damage, kidney problems and eye issues. These can all lead to a poor quality of life and premature death. A diet low in carbs and sugar can prevent diabetes.

Cancer

The number one killer in terms of cancer is lung cancer. Smoking rates have gone down around the world, but lung cancer still remains poorly treatable and therefore deadly.

The number two cause of cancer deaths in men is related to the prostate. Prostate cancer kills more than 27,000 men per year in the United States alone. Early detection is key to a good outcome. The treatments are varied and will usually depend on the man’s age and overall health. Treatments include surgery, radiation, and hormone therapy in advanced cases. Cases that are caught early can often be prevented from spreading.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the number three killer in terms of cancer-related deaths. Many men avoid thinking about their toilet issues, such as constipation, and will suffer symptoms to the point where it might be too late for treatment.

A healthy, balanced diet rich in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables and tofu can go a long way towards keeping men regular, as well as lowering cholesterol naturally, with no need for statin drugs and their many side effects.

Enlarged Prostate

As a man ages, his prostate can enlarge to the point where it starts to cause urinary tract symptoms such as the frequent need to urinate, a sense of a sudden and urgent need to do so, and/or inability to hold it in, which is referred to as incontinence.

There are a number of treatments which can shrink or reduce the prostate tissue so it will no longer have an impact on the bladder and urethra, and the man can resume a better quality of life once more.

As a man ages, his health concerns increase. But a healthy lifestyle that is drug and alcohol free, and pays attention to good nutrition, is the best foundation for staying healthy and mobile for as long as possible.

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Working People And Sitting Disease

Working People And Sitting Disease

A significant percentage of working people sit in front of a computer all day as part of their job, not realizing that they are increasing their risk of developing certain types of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, even if they take the time to get out there and exercise.

According to the University Health Network (UHN), more than half of all people spend their days being sedentary, either working at a computer or sitting in front of a television.

The research study by the UHN indicated that even if a person exercises, sitting too much can cause adverse effects on the body.

The research study looked at 47 other primary research studies that looked into the effect of sitting and the risk of death. The article was published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine. It found that the risk of death among people who sit most of the day is 24 percent higher than those who didn’t sit as much.

It indicated that sitting eight hours a day is probably considered the cut-off for sitting “too much.”

The risk of heart disease deaths were 18 percent higher in sitters and the risk of death due to cancer was 17 percent higher.

Those who sat too much had a 13-14 percent greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

The risk of dying from endometrial, ovarian, colorectal, colon, and breast cancer was particularly high among people who sat too much.

While exercise improved the risk of dying from these diseases, it didn’t reduce the risk completely.

Exercising resulted in a 33 percent less chance of dying compared to those who didn’t exercise at all. The studies involved almost 830,000 people so it safe to say that the results of the study were accurate.

It recommended that people stand more and exercise more in order to reduce their risk of these diseases.

Sitting Disease

While not technically a medical diagnosis, there is such a thing as “sitting disease” that is more prominent among professional entrepreneurs who don’t exercise and spend much of their time sitting.

It refers to having a metabolic disease caused by excessive sitting. It is a serious disease, causing as many deaths as patients who are smokers.

According to experts, the amount of time commuting to and from work plus the amount of time sitting at home is more than 7 hours per day.

People with sitting disease are 94 percent more likely to die from cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.

Men who sit more at work had a 48 percent greater incidence of death from various causes when compared to men who weren’t “sitters.”

Around 60 percent of workers indicated that they would be more productive if they were allowed to stand more than sit during their workday.

Fortunately, about 2/3 of employers offered desks to their employees that allowed them to adjust the desk so they could stand at least some of the time.

Besides cancer, heart disease, and cancer, having “sitting disease” increased the chances of being obese or having metabolic syndrome, which is a disease that affects glucose metabolism, triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease.

Another study looked at people who sit too much in front of the television. They compared the risk of various diseases in people who sat in front of the TV for less than two hours per day to people who sat in front of the TV for more than 4 hours per day.

People who sat in front of some sort of screen had a 50 percent greater chance of dying from any type of disease and a 125 percent increased risk of developing heart diseases, including heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

The study made some recommendations as to how people could spend less time sitting.

Some examples included the following:

Work while running on a treadmill, even if the pace is slow

Do laps during conferences rather than sitting around a table for the conference

Try buying or acquiring a standing desk or use a counter to do your work on

Stand during lunch or when using the telephone

It turns out that any type of movement can decrease your risk. Even if you don’t exercise but instead just stand all day, your chances of dying from heart disease or other diseases related to sitting are greatly diminished.

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10 Reasons To Decrease Sugar From Diet

10 Reasons to Decrease Sugar from Diet

It has been several years, since we were told to decrease the salt in our diets.

Then, we were told to cut back on sugar because researchers linked it to obesity, type-2 diabetes and many complications related to these disorders.

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                   Eliminating Sugar From Diet

In 2016, the general advice is to drop sugar from your diet altogether. This is, of course, tricky because many of us have a sweet tooth, thanks to diets that are rich in sugary tastiness. The more sugar we have eaten over the years, the more our body craves it now. It doesn’t help that pastries, cakes, glazed donuts, ice cream and many others seem to be right in our path as we shop with healthy intention for the foods we have been told make up the optimal diet.

It’s just the way of things are.

The Huffington Post reported that in the United States, the average person consumes more than 126 grams of sugar daily, which is almost twice the average sugar intake of all 54 countries observed by Euromonitor.

Additionally, 126 grams is two times more than the recommended daily intake, which the World Health Organization designates to be 50 grams daily for people of normal weight.

However, eliminating sugar from your diet could save you from myriad health problems in the future.

But is eliminating sugar from your diet even a practical recommendation. Perhaps a better strategy would be take smaller steps and focus on decreasing your intake of sugar.

The following are ten reasons why you should consider eliminating or decreasing, significantly, sugar from your diet:

Depression and Sugar Intake

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                       Sugar and Depression

Sugar is on Prevention’s list of 5 foods that cause depression – and for good reason. Multiple studies have suggested that there is a link between a diet rich in sugar and depression.

It’s important to remember that the foods you eat don’t just release their nutrients, sugars, and calories into your belly and thighs; they also send them up to your brain.

Obesity and Sugar Intake

Sugar has been referred to as the new tobacco.

Sugar is loaded with empty calories (energy) that your body stores for future use. However, the future use by your body never comes and eventually all that stored energy is converted to fat.

Blood Pressure and Sugar Intake

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Controlling Blood Pressure

More and more Americans are being diagnosed with high blood pressure, and Mayo Clinic suggest that a poor diet is one of the biggest risk factors.

The more sugar you eat, the more your bad cholesterol levels can increase resulting in hardening of the arteries which can lead to heart disease and increases in blood pressure

Heart Disease and Sugar Intake

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                                 Heart Disease

It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, consuming more sugar just increases your chances of developing heart disease and having a heart attack.

Figures in the past have shown that people who consume 25% more sugar than everyone else have a stronger chance of dying of a heart attack.

Sugar Is Addictive

While sugar is not classed as a drug, its effects are similar to heroin. For this reason, sugar is just as addictive as illegal drugs. They hijack the same neural pathways as heroin and cocaine leaving people craving more and more.

In addition, just like drugs, sugar can easily be abused.

Sugar Is Linked To Fatty Liver Disease

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 FATTY LIVER

Sugar is largely composed of two simple types of sugars:

• Fructose
• Glucose

Fructose is very much the “evil twin” and heads immediately to your liver. Over time, too much sugar can cause a fatty liver, which, if left untreated, can lead to chronic liver disease or cirrhosis.

Sugar Is Linked To Diabetes

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     Causes of Diabetes

No doubt, the biggest connection researchers have made is the one between sugar and diabetes.

Diabetes happens when your pancreas doesn’t create enough insulin (hormone that helps turn glucose into energy) or the cells of your body are not able to take up glucose to use for energy.

Type 1 Diabetes occurs when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the cells do not utilize glucose appropriately, due to the development of obesity.

Sugar Could Cause Cancer

Although tests are still at their tentative stage, there is some research that suggests sugar could cause certain cancers.

Sugar Rots Your Teeth

Although sugar is certainly not the sole reason for oral issues, it can certainly cause some damage to your teeth.

This is because it leaves behind a trail of debris in your teeth, which, over time, can lead to plaque and ultimately cavity formation.

You’ll Feel Less Hungry

Because sugar is so addictive, it just makes you want to eat more and more. Cutting it out from your diet will harmonize your appetite and you’ll no longer feel like a bottomless pit of starvation.

If you want to optimize your health and the health of your children then start eliminating or at least decreasing sugar from your diet and start living a healthier, longer, more optimal life.

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