The importance of taking your health into your own hands at an early age cannot be understated. Though the risk factor vary for men and women, the need to begin health preventive strategies early is equally as important to our long term quality of life. Women are more likely to take their health into their own hands early, as is notable by the statistics of male to female visits to the doctor’s office, and to longevity differences between men and women. Trends are changing and with the right information and a clear path perhaps men will also be able to increase their quality along with their longevity of age.
So guys, here are your top 5 health concerns. Let’s get to work setting the example of good health today!
- Heart Disease: is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But because men develop heart disease much earlier than women, they are more likely to die from this disease. Conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure are damaging to the heart.
- Cancer: The second leading cause of death among males is cancer particularly lung cancer associated with smoking. Prostate and colorectal cancers are second and third and are related to a high fat diet.
- Unintentional Injuries: A motor vehicle accident is the third leading cause of death among males. In addition, male drivers are more likely to be intoxicated than women.
- Stroke: The fourth health risk for men is stroke. It is interesting to note that stroke affects both men and women equally but men have a better recovery rate. Reducing high blood pressure is the best defense against stroke.
- COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: This disease includes a group of lung conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These are associated with lung cancer. The main cause is smoking.
As we now know, all of these diseases are impacted by diet and lifestyle choices. When we have genetic influences, it becomes more important to make good choices, and practice a healthy lifestyle consistently from an early age. You can choose to lead a healthy lifestyle-eat healthy foods, exercise, don’t smoke, and be sure to get regular checkups and screenings. By following these steps, you increase your chances of remaining active and healthy well into your 80s.