Why Men Should Be More Health-conscious

Men, in general, are known to be the more fitness-conscious ones. They are more likely to enroll in gym memberships, drink protein pills, and follow a strict diet to either build or tone their muscles

Why Men Should Be More Health-conscious

Men, in general, are known to be the more fitness-conscious ones. They are more likely to enroll in gym memberships, drink protein pills, and follow a strict diet to either build or tone their muscles

Men, in general, are known to be the more fitness-conscious ones. They are more likely to enroll in gym memberships, drink protein pills, and follow a strict diet to either build or tone their muscles. However, ironically, they are not health-conscious. Men also have higher tendencies to engage in vices - like smoking and drinking liquor. Aside from that, they are not a fan of going to the doctor for check-ups and health-checks. This behavior should be reversed because as men participate in more active activities, they are prone to more diseases that call for more attention to their health.

There are several differences between men's and women's health. For example, when a man is stressed, the arteries of his heart constrict, increasing their blood pressure. While for women, her heart pumps more blood as their pulse rate rises. These differences matter because it plays a role in the symptoms and treatments of several disorders.

Men can also be a target of diseases that affect women. However, some conditions affect men alone - like prostate cancer and benign prostate alignment. These health risks can be prevented by avoiding vices that can be detrimental to their health, watching what they eat, and exercising regularly to keep them fit.¹

This article will discuss ways for men to take care of their health, given their active lifestyle and the common diseases that confront most of them and ways to avoid them.

Keeping the Bones Healthy and Strong

As men age, the ability to produce testosterone also declines. As a result, it may not be sufficient to keep their bones healthy. Although our bones go through a demolition and reconstruction process as we live, the demolition gets faster than the reconstruction. Men's bones become weaker, thin, and more susceptible to fractures over time.

But just like any other problem, there is a solution to stop this from happening. Experts recommend exercises that allow the bones to hold weight, so it stimulates their formation most notably in the hips and spine areas. Some suggested activities are jogging, hiking, wall climbing, or even dancing.

Men should also get 1,000mg of calcium a day either from food or from supplements. After reaching the age of 70, men’s calcium intake needs to jump to 1,200mg a day. You can get calcium from low-fat and fat-free dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, tofu made with calcium sulfate, sardines, leafy greens such as collards and kale, and calcium-fortified non-dairy beverages such as soymilk, fortified cereals, and orange juice. Men need at least three servings of calcium-rich foods every day.

Heart Disease has Hidden Risks

Most men already know the common strategies to eliminate their risk in heart disease. Eat a heart-friendly diet, exercise regularly, and manage blood pressure. Men are at risk for heart attack at an earlier age than women since estrogen offers protection from heart attack to women until after menopause. The average age for a heart attack is 70 in women and 66 in men. About 80% of heart attacks in older adults are caused by coronary artery disease—that is, cholesterol-filled blockages in the arteries that serve the heart. Other causes of early heart attacks in men include blood clots that form elsewhere and are carried to the coronary arteries, abnormalities of one or more arteries, spasm or inflammation of the arteries, disorders of the clotting system, chest trauma, and drug abuse.

Men are susceptible to age-related conditions that can further put their health at risk. This is why they should be mindful of all aspects that can affect their health. Once they begin to see these risks and be aware of it, they will be able to manage and deal with it adequately.

Prostate Cancer: What It Is

Prostate cancer only occurs in men. It is cancer that occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. This form of cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. It usually grows slowly and is first confined in the prostate gland where it still causes no harm. While some grow slowly, there are also cases where it can spread rapidly. If detected early — when it's still confined in the prostate gland — prostate cancer has a better chance of successful treatment. Go to your doctor if you feel like there are signs or symptoms that bother you.

Early Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer

Since the prostate gland is near the urinary bladder and urethra, prostate cancer can be accompanied by symptoms in the urine system, most notably in its early parts. Varying on its size, it can block the urine passing the urethra. Early warning symptoms include the following:

  • Painful urination
  • Trouble in starting or stopping urination
  • More frequent urinating urges during night time
  • No or loss of bladder control
  • Hematuria (blood in urine)
  • Blood in semen

Prostate cancer can also spread tumors in nearby organs or bones. This condition is called metastatic prostate cancer which may include the following:

  • Legs or pelvic areas swell
  • Hips, legs or feet get numb or painful
  • Permanent bone pain, or bone fractures

Get Tested

The first sign of prostate cancer is the rise in the blood's PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level. Thus, having a regular test is necessary and important. A high PSA level reading may also infer other noncancerous conditions, such as inflammation of the prostate (or prostatitis); and the enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia.

For the test, a sample of your blood will be taken, which will be sent to the lab for analysis. Low PSA levels indicate men with prostate cancer and high levels indicate men without prostate cancer. It is suggested to seek the advice of your doctor whether or not to be tested beginning at the age of 50. While men with a higher risk of having such should seek help from their physician about whether to start screening at an earlier age.

Protect Yourself

Whether you are a woman or a man, it is never too late to decrease the risks of having a heart attack or any other disease. They know no gender. When it hits you, it just does. Here are some ways to start:

  • Stop or never start smoking

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States4. It causes stroke, coronary heart diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and higher blood pressure. Smoking is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. If you are already a smoker, try your best to withdraw. The nicotine provides a temporary but addictive feeling of being high. Getting rid of that regular fix of nicotine causes your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It might be a slow process, but you'll get through it eventually. To quit smoking successfully, you have to address both the addiction, habits, and routines that go along with it. With sufficient support and the right quit plan, any smoker can get over the addiction—even if you have tried and failed multiple times before. If you are not a smoker, never think of starting or even try just a single stick. It begins with small steps, as they say. Aside from its adverse effects on your health, smoking can also affect the members of your family, or those are around you through second-hand smoking.

  • Get regular exercise

Cliche, as it may sound but working out for at least 30 minutes a day, won't hurt you. You can also go for a jog around the park as it can also allow you to have a smell of fresh air. It might even help you release the stress inside your body after a long day at work.

  • Have a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish

It is always easy and fun to eat all of the food that you want until the time comes when you're already very ill that all you can eat is this or that. Choose wisely when it comes to the food that you eat. Or else the food that you ate will be the one to consume you without you knowing it.

  • Maintain a normal weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, etc.

Have yourself annually checked - at the very least so you can keep track of your health, especially your blood pressure, sugar levels, etc. When you have already identified where there's something wrong, try to avoid the things that can make it worse.

Although the majority of men do not give much attention to their health, it surely will catch their attention once they start to feel something that's going off their usual self. Don't wait for that time to come before you take care of your health.

Allie Leon, Chief Fun Officer

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