We always hear about women’s health, but what about men’s health? When it comes to men, the top 6 health and safety concerns should be paid much attention in order to prevent diseases or accidental death.
Heart disease – the leading health threat to men is heart disease. In fact, men have a greater chance of suffering from a heart attack than women, and at an earlier age too. Even as women get into menopause and significantly increase their chances of having heart disease, their chances will still be lower than that of men. Men should make healthier lifestyle choices in order to prevent conditions concerning the cardiovascular system.
Cancers – there are some cancers that affect more men than women, including lung cancer, skin cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. Cancers are cells that have an abnormal growth pattern, forming into life threatening tumors. Men who are prone to skin cancer should stay away from the sun or stay in the shade if necessary, and should protect themselves from UV rays with sun block. Men especially in their advanced ages (over 50) should schedule regular screenings for cancers in order to detect these early.
Accidents – one of the most common causes of death in men is accidents, so it pays to err on safety’s side in everything you do. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of fatalities when it comes to accidents in men, so take extra care when driving. Use common sense and do not drive drunk, when undergoing extreme emotions, when sleepy or when very tired. Also remember to keep your seatbelts on and drive within the recommended limits.
Chronic lung conditions – bronchitis and emphysema are some top respiratory concerns for men. Avoid having these conditions by avoiding exposure to pollutants and preventing respiratory infections. You can prevent infections by making sure that you live within a sanitary environment, and that you wash your hands regularly.
Stroke—stroke is one of the leading causes of deaths among men in the world. Prevent this condition by making necessary changes in your lifestyle and by keeping your blood pressure close to normal. You should also keep your BMI within the normal range.
Type 2 diabetes – Men should watch out for the chronic condition type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes can affect men who are usually in their advanced age, but men of all ages can be affected. Risk factors include obesity, inactivity, high blood pressure, heredity and pre-diabetes. Get yourself screened for diabetes or pre-diabetes so that you doctor can advise you on how to manage or reverse your condition.
You can generally keep yourself healthy and keep diseases at bay by making the essential lifestyle changes. These changes include adopting a healthier diet consisting of much fruits and vegetables and limited animal fat, exercising daily for at least 20 minutes a day, stopping smoking and limiting the amount of alcohol that you consume, managing chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, and keeping stress at bay.