Father’s Day = Men’s Health
Just before Father’s Day I was asked if I could help KOBI-TV viewers identify the greatest threats to men’s health. I primarily focus on women’s health but I’ve had many male clients over the years and I know a bit about men’s health so I accepted the challenge.
Here’s the video from the men’s health show:
Top Causes of Men’s Death
This is a surprisingly short list. The top causes of death among adult men in the U.S. are heart disease, stroke, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, 63% of all deaths are caused by these conditions and heart disease is the leader by far.
We all know I personally know a lot about heart disease!
Here’s the best news though / researchers at the Centers for Disease Control also determined that up to 40% of those men’s deaths could be avoided with lifestyle changes.
A few lifestyle changes can significantly lower the risk of death from these common killers. Men’s health can be dramatically impacted.
- Find your healthy weight. Losing excess pounds â€” and keeping them off â€” can lower your risk of those killer diseases. The American Heart Association recommends a waist circumference of less than 40 inches for optimal men’s health and to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Alcohol consumption. If you choose to drink alcohol, moderation is key. For men under age 65 that’s up to two drinks a day. For men older than age 65 that’s one drink a day.
- Terminate smoking. If you are still smoking or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit.
- Healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high quality protein These whole foods will help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure & regulate blood sugar decreasing the risk of heart disease and other major chronic illnesses.
- Exercise. Just eating a healthy diet isn’t enough though; you must include physical activity in your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be a ton of time at the gym, choose sports or other activities you enjoy. Even a brisk walk can make a difference. One study in the journal The Lancet, found that for every 2,000 steps more per day a person took they decreased their risk of heart disease by 10%. Now it’s easy to track your steps with clip on pedometers or watches and even free apps on your phone.
- Rendezvous with your doctor. See your doctor each year so you have a baseline for men’s health. Keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and other risk factors in check over time is much better than playing catch-up as you age.
Understanding men’s health risks is one thing. Taking action to reduce your risks is another. Start with healthy lifestyle choices â€” eating a healthy diet, staying physically active, quitting smoking and getting recommended health screenings. The impact may be greater than you’ll ever know.