He's Not Invincible, You KnowIf your man takes better care of his car or favorite gadget than his body, he's not alone. According to the Men’s Health Network, a lack of awareness, weak health education, and unhealthy work and personal lifestyles have caused a steady deterioration of the well-being of American men. In this post you'll learn the 5 most common threats to men's health in the US and Europe.
Heart HealthHeart disease comes in many forms. All of its forms can lead to serious, fatal complications if undetected. The American Heart Association states that more than one in three adult men have some form of cardiovascular disease. African-American men account for 100,000 more cardiovascular disease deaths than Caucasian men. Stroke affects more than 3 million men. High blood pressure is now common in males under the age of 45, according to the American Heart Association.
COPD and other respiratory diseasesMany respiratory diseases start with an innocent “smoker’s cough.” Over time, that cough can lead to life-threatening conditions, such as lung cancer, emphysema, or COPD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an increasingly more common long-term lung disease. It comprises diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Alcohol: Friend or foe?According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men face higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women do. Men binge drink twice as much as women. They are also prone to increased aggression and sexual assault against women. Alcohol consumption increases your risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon. Alcohol also interferes with testicular function and hormone production. This can result in impotence and infertility.
Depression and suicideResearchers at The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimate that at least 6 million men suffer from depressive disorders, including suicidal thoughts, annually. Some ways to combat depression include:
- getting regular exercise, even just going for routine walks around your neighborhood
- journaling or writing down your thoughts
- communicating openly with friends and family
- seeking professional help
- address symptoms like brain fog, digestive issues, joint pain, sleeplessness, fatigue and depression by restoring proper permeability to your bowel. When the microbiome is set right again, your chemistry will foster clearer thinking, better sleep, a peaceful gut and a brighter outlook on life.
Liver diseaseYour liver is the size of a football. It helps you digest food and absorb nutrients. It also rids your body of toxic substances. Liver disease includes conditions such as:
- viral hepatitis
- autoimmune or genetic liver diseases
- bile duct cancer
- liver cancer
- alcoholic liver disease