Movember offers the perfect opportunity to highlight men’s health issues. While this month shines a light on specifically prostate and testicular cancers, this isn’t where men’s health issues end. So, we wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness and provide useful and actionable tips to help elevate health throughout one’s daily life.
Below, we explore other health issues impacting men and more. Let’s dive in!
Top Health Risks for Men
Taking care of your body and health is important at every age. In fact, what you do in your earlier years can have huge repercussions on your health and wellness later on down the line. So, what are some common health risks that many men face? Here are the top ones:
- Heart attacks and stroke (One in every three men have some kind of heart disease.)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Alcohol-related illnesses
- Depression and suicide
- Prostate and testicular cancer
- Skin cancer
- Stomach issues
- Hair loss/balding
It’s undeniable that some of the above, such as heart disease and diabetes, are related to the ever-growing problem of obesity in modern society. Additionally, many of these issues are related to stress and age.
So, what should you know when it comes to preventing these health issues? More on this below!
Tips to Enhance Health & Prevent Illness
For men’s health, there are many things you or the males in your life can do to elevate their well-being and avoid becoming part of the statistics. A major problem facing the male population in regard to health is that, unfortunately, many males tend to avoid seeking out healthcare for their issues—sometimes until it’s too late.
Positively encouraging the men in your life (or if you’re a male, taking a proactive approach to your health) can make all the difference. Some things you should keep in mind include the following.
1. Do the Basics
Exercise, diet, and sleep should never be underestimated. Moving your body each day is essential for the human body to function as it should. Research even shows that exercise adds an additional 2.8 to 8 years to a person’s life.
When it comes to your diet, stick to mostly whole foods, leaving room for treats here and there (after all, life is meant to be enjoyed!). Try using the 80-20 principle, where you eat relatively healthy 80% of the time and can ease off a bit 20% of the time. Lastly, ensure you get at least 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night!
2. Attend Regular Doctor Check-Ups
Physical check-ups are necessary to detect any problems early on. For instance, your doctor may check your cholesterol and glucose levels, along with your blood pressure. These markers offer insights into your health and internal workings, indicating good or poor health and allowing you to make changes where necessary.
3. Seek Out Care When Something Doesn’t Feel Right
Got a pain in your side that just won’t quit? Have you been experiencing chest pain on and off? Pain and other symptoms aren’t things you should ignore. Get them checked out as soon as possible. There’s no award for “sucking it up” when it comes to your health and wellness.
4. Quit Smoking & Moderate Alcohol Consumption
Smoking and alcohol consumption are associated with a variety of ill health effects in men. If you can, quit smoking and stick to two drinks or less per day.
5. Take a Break
Coping with stress in life is necessary, especially because there is no avoiding it! Some examples here include hitting up the ballgame with your friends, performing deep breathing techniques, taking time to be alone, and meditation. Find what works for you.
6. Support Your Health With Supplements
On top of all of the above, supplements can help support your body when you need it the most. Life Nutrition is proud to support men’s health with Men's Everyday Complete, Deep Sea Fish Oil, Prostate Power, Advanced Probiotics, NMN 18000+, and Heart Strong.
Support your health now, so you don’t have to react later. And most importantly, use this month to talk about men’s health issues and how, as a society, we can address them.