The world is celebrating Men’s Health Week June 13th through June 19th, and in recognition of this holiday, we are bringing attention to diseases that affect men so they can be proactive about preventing them. Men may be at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular issues and certain forms of cancer. We hope that this guide motivates both men and women to be aware of their physical health, diet and exercise regimen and proactive about making healthy lifestyle choices.
Type 2 Diabetes
Men who are approaching middle age and are carrying extra weight are at a greater risk to develop Type 2 diabetes than their female counterparts. Retaining a healthy weight level from adulthood into later years is the most effective method to limit the onset of diabetes, but there are still ways to be prevent diabetes in older years. A well-rounded, nutritional diet with fruits and vegetables is paramount to preserving a youthful vigor, as well as steering clear of foods that could potentially trigger Type 2 diabetes, such as sugary soft drinks, fried fast foods and processed carbohydrates.
Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes can include an increased need to urinate, acute and consistent thirst, a sore that fails to heal and noticeably low energy levels.
Heart disease is the number one leading cause of mortality in men, affecting one in three. Almost half of all men diagnosed with chronic heart disease had no prior knowledge of an issue before suffering a serious medical incident. Prevention is the best approach to a healthy heart, which includes eating healthy, well-balanced meals, reducing stress, exercising and attending routine check-ups.
In addition, men who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes run a greater risk of developing heart disease, which emphasizes the importance of overall good health as you age.
Important signs of cardiovascular risk to look for in a loved one include shortness of breath after minimal exertion, pain or a lack of sensation in the extremities, pins-and-needles sense in arms or legs, sudden nausea, sweating or dizziness.
The most common forms of cancer among men are lung, skin, prostate, and colon cancer. Given that a third of all cancer is preventable, the best way to avoid cancer is to take proactive measures. Lung cancer instances are largely a result of smoking, so the best way to prevent lung cancer is to avoid tobacco altogether. Skin cancer can easily be deterred with ample sunscreen when skin is exposed to the sun. When detected early, prostate cancer is generally curable, so regular screenings should be performed to rule out distinct concerns. Colon cancer is a silent killer, therefore colonoscopies and other tests should be routine after age 50.
In recognition of Men’s Health Week, Home Care Assistance advocates for those who take a proactive approach to their own health, happiness and longevity. When we build routines and habits that include healthy eating, moderate exercise and regular check-ups, we have the opportunity to prevent potential health issues while leading a healthy, engaged and active lifestyle.