Compared to women, men tend to care less for their health. Women are so in tune with their bodies probably because they have regular monthly periods which can signify their state of health. A regular period means their body is in its best shape. Any irregularities could mean the presence of some imbalances within their system. Women are also more concerned about their beauty and outward appearance. Thus, keeping their bodies healthy is of utmost importance.
On the other hand, men are more likely to lead a less healthy lifestyle. They smoke and drink more than women and are likely to delay seeing a health care provider despite the symptoms that are starting to appear.
Generally, men live shorter lives compared to women. This alone should encourage you to take care of your health and not remain passive about it. Most diseases that affect men are mostly related to their lifestyle. Health issues like heart disease, prostate, testicular, and colon cancer, and osteoporosis can be treated or prevented through proper diet and nutrition.
1. Heart disease
Heart disease doesn’t develop out of its own. It’s caused by risk factors that are either not in your control or those that developed because of your lifestyle choices. Don’t take chances when it comes to your heart because heart disease is a leading cause of death and disability in the united states.
Risk factors not in your control include:
as your age increases, so is your chances of developing heart diseases. Men aged 45 and above are at a greater risk for developing this disease.
Men are prone to developing heart disease compared to women. Women have estrogen hormones which protect them from heart disease.
Certain groups are at a greater risk of developing heart disease compared to others. The group with the highest risk factor is African American.
If someone in the family has heart disease, you’re at a greater risk of developing the same health problem.
Risk factors under your control are the following:
High cholesterol levels
High levels of cholesterol in the blood can develop fatty deposits in the blood vessels. This can clog the arteries, which may result in heart disease. You can prevent yourself from getting high blood cholesterol levels by the right lifestyle and dietary choices. This means you have to avoid heavy drinking and reduce the consumption of foods with saturated fats and trans fats. Start to consume heart healthy foods like fiber-rich foods and omega 3 fatty acids rich foods.
High blood pressure
Manage your blood pressure by having regular check us and having a healthy and active lifestyle.
An excess in weight has been linked to high blood cholesterol levels and diabetes. You can maintain a healthy weight by physical exercise and diet.
High glucose levels in the blood can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control the heart. Get routine checkups for diabetes. Having one is manageable through medicines and lifestyle changes.
A lack of physical activity is also linked to heart issues. If your work requires you to sit for long hours, make a habit of taking breaks from time to time. Walk a few steps and stretch your body. A regular exercise regimen is also a great way to keep your body moving.
The most common cancers in men include lung, colon, colorectal, prostate, testicular, bladder and melanoma. While some causes of these cancers haven’t been determined yet, the right lifestyle choices and nutrition may help reduce your risk of getting them.
The following are the common risk factors:
Increased levels of insulin and insulin growth factor are possible reasons why obesity may lead to cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to avoid developing cancer.
Diet high in fat
Studies found that a high fat diet can encourage the growth of cancer stem cells in the colon. Reducing the intake of high fatty foods may reduce your risk.
Diet low in fiber
A low fiber diet can increase your chances of cancer because fiber rich foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains have substances that can improve digestion and prevent cancer. When your body is deprived of cancer fighting agents, you’re at higher risk of developing serious health issues like cancer.
Alcohol can enter into the bloodstream and may cause damage all throughout the body. It can cause damage to the cells. While trying to repair itself, the cells may change the DNA that is likely to lead to cancer. It’s recommended that you limit your alcohol intake.
Physical inactivity is linked to certain cancers according to studies. If your form of relaxation and rest include watching TV which requires you to sit for long hours, it may be time to reconsider. Try to establish hobbies and habits that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle like moving your body more. Walking is simple but it’s one sure way to reduce your risk of cancer.
As you get older, your risk of developing osteoporosis can increase. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your skeleton and increases the chances of bone fractures. It’s not only a women’s disease as we commonly know it. Men are at higher risks too, especially older ones.
The risk factors for osteoporosis include:
As men reach the age of 65, they start to lose bone mass and the ability to absorb calcium effectively. An excess in bone loss can weaken the bones and make it more prone to fractures and injuries.
Excessive alcohol consumption can decrease bone density and increase the chances of bone fractures. To prevent osteoporosis, increase your calcium intake. Taking vitamin D supplements is also beneficial.
Chemicals like tobacco, nicotine, and others are toxic to the bones. They can also inhibit the absorption of calcium and other nutrients necessary to maintain bone health.
All the diseases we have mentioned above can be treated and prevented through lifestyle and dietary changes. It only takes discipline and healthy choices to keep your body healthy and functioning well. If you make it a habit to keep yourself healthy on a daily basis, you will have less risk of developing diseases and are likely to live a healthier and longer life.