Men’s Health – Information and Health Tips[EXTRACT]
Good health it’s a life time commitment. To be in a position to enjoy and maintain good health and happy long life it is important to understand the need for good eating habits, exercise, minimal stress, nutritional supplements and safe working and environmental conditions. It is also equally important to recognize and understand the leading causes of premature death so the appropriate steps can be taken to reduce such risks. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC) the risk of death from most of these categories is higher for men than it is for women.The average life expectancy for men in 2003 was 74.8 years and for women 80.1. It is not clear why men have a shorter life span. In 2003 the CDC reported that over one million American men died and of them almost 80 percent died from one of ten leading causes of death for men. While the experts are working to understand the causes of death there is one thing that it is quite clear. Recognizing the leading causes of death appropriate steps can be taken to reduce the risks. 2003 was the most recent year on statistics for leading causes of death of American men.Find here In order of percentage, the 10 leading causes of male deaths. Also find listed health choices and preventative steps to be taken to improve your health and reduce such risk.Heart diseaseMen develop cardiovascular disease 10 to 15 years earlier than women and more than 25% of the heart-disease related deaths happen at 35 to 65 years of age. The American Heart Association records show more than 4000,000 men deaths related to heart disease in 2004. Making healthier lifestyle choices together with suitable treatment, when suffer from other conditions that can increase the risk of coronary artery conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, can considerably reduce the risk of heart disease and of premature death.Preventative steps you can take:o Include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet and foods rich in essential oils and nutrients but avoid foods of high saturated fat content. Include nutritional supplements especially those with evidence to help and/or lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.o Quit smoking.o Keep healthy weight.o Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes each day.o Keep cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels under control.CancerCancer is the second leading cause of deaths for both men and women. In 2003 almost 300,00 men died of cancer. Almost 50% of these deaths were related to smoking (lung cancer).Preventative steps you can take are:o You must know and talk to your doctor about your family medical history.o Take steps to avoid or reduce your exposure to potential carcinogens in your home and work place.o Exercise regularly at least for 30 minutes several times a week.o Quit smoking and avoid indoor areas where smoking is permitted.o Include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet especially those high in essential nutrients with evidence to help or lower the risk of cancer. Eat foods rich in essential oils but avoid those foods with high saturated fat content.o Drink alcohol in moderationAccidental injuriesAccording to CDC in 2003 more than 70,000 men killed in accidents. Statistics show more than twice men die in traffic related accidents than women.To reduce the risk of a fatal accident:o Always use your seatbelt when you drive and do not exceed the speed limits.o Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugso Store chemicals and fuel in a safe ventilated area and in their original containers.o Use common-sense precautions when you operate machinery using ladders and never swim alone in unfamiliar large body of water.StrokeMore than 5% of men died in 2003 from stroke.Steps to take.o Adopt a diet rich in essential nutrients to support your body.Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)According to the American Lung Association more than 60,000 men died from COPD in 2003. COPD includes conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and it is associated with lung cancer.Preventative steps to take:o Quit smoking and avoid passive smoking.o Keep any exposure to chemicals at minimum.Diabetes40,000 men died in 2003 of diabetes according to American Heart Association. It is estimated that one-third of men with the common type 2 diabetes are unaware until they develop complications. Diabetic complications can be fatal in conj action of cardiovascular disease and stroke.Steps you can take are:o Keep a healthy weight.o Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes several times a week.o Include fruit and vegetables in your diet, good quality protein and keep saturated fats low.o Check your blood sugar levels periodically.Influenza and pneumoniaPneumonia and influenza killed almost 30,000 men in 2003 according to CDC.To reduce the risk:o Immunization have a once a year flu shot and a pneumoccoccal vaccine to reduce the risk. They are 90% and 50% effective respectively.SuicideMore than 25,000 men committed suicide in 2003 according to CDC. People at risk to commit suicide may be depressed, abuse alcohol and/or drugs and feel worthless and suffered recent life crisis.o If you feel you or a loved one is depressed remove any fire arms in the home and ask medical help as this is a disease.Kidney diseaseComplications of diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to kidney failure. According to CDC the condition killed more than 18,000 men in 2003. Another cause of kidney problems is the overuse of some medications such as aspirin.Measures you can take.o Exercise regularlyo Take plenty of fluidso Control your blood pressureo Quit smokingo Don’t use of over-the-counter pain medication unless it is absolutely necessary.Alzheimer’sAlmost 4.5 million, both men and women, older Americans suffer of Alzheimer’s disease. The condition usually develops in people age 65 or older. In 2003, more than 20,000 men died of Alzheimer’s. There is no proven prevention of the disease.
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Men’s Health – Information and Health Tips[EXTRACT]