Men's Health: A Top Ten List You Don't Want to Ignore
It isn't a national secret that men sometimes need a push to take care of their health and see a doctor more frequently. Just like you want to change the oil before the car stops running men need to be checked out every 3,000 miles or so too.
The Big Ones
Looking at the list you can see that many of the conditions are preventable by lifestyle modifications and being aware. Here are the top ten threats:
- Heart disease: This includes heart attack, cardiac arrest, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Cancer: Lung cancer is number one with colorectal and prostate following.
- Injuries: This category doesn't mean repetitive use of everyday muscles, but unintentional injuries like car accidents, taking unnecessary risks and poisonings.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): COPD is a chronic lung disease where the passages that carry air in and out of the lungs become partially blocked and ineffective.
- Type 2 Diabetes: The most common type of diabetes affects the way the body uses blood sugar.
- Flu: The flu is still dangerous.
- Kidney disease: Kidney failure can be related to diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Alzheimer's disease: Some of the same steps to prevent the other threats apply to this as of yet unpreventable disease.
Think of it this way: if you are proactive now, you can still be active (and around) later. The good news is you can multitask in taking care of many of those conditions by taking the same few steps.
- Don't smoke, or quit if you do and you lower your risk of heart disease, lung cancer, stroke and COPD.
- Maintaining a healthy weight and losing excess pounds goes towards warding off heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
- If you drink, do so in moderation. Not downing every beer in a restaurant helps reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and unintentional injuries.
- Make sure there is physical activity in your life. Change up your daily routine to include activity that gets you moving.