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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