Statistics show that men die younger and more often than women. This seems to be attributed not so much to specific diseases, but to a lack of monitoring their health. The key to preventing the top men’s health issues is to reduce your risk factors by leading a healthy lifestyle. Here are the top 3 killers of men and how to prevent them:
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four men have some form of heart disease. The average age of a man having a heart attack is 65, which is 5-10 years younger than woman. This means men have less time to prevent the disease, increasing their risk.
The preventable risk factors of heart disease for men as outlined by the American Heart Association include: smoking, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, immobility, obesity, being overweight and diabetes.
Nutrition plays an important role in preventing heart disease. Reducing your intake of red meat, high fat dairy products and processed foods is advised, as is increasing your intake of nuts, herbal tea, herbs and spices, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Exercising consistently and quitting smoking are additional healthy lifestyle habits that can help you prevent heart disease.
Over 150,000 men die from lung cancer per year. It is the largest cancer killer among both men and women. Preventable risk factors include smoking, and exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, radon or air pollution, with smoking being the reason for 90% of the cases.
Quitting smoking, exercising consistently, eating a healthy diet and drinking green tea are healthy lifestyle habits you can engage in to help prevent lung cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men and it is the second cancer killer of men. It is curable if it is found during the early stages, but symptoms rarely show until later stages. This is why early prostate cancer screenings are important for men age 50 and older.
The preventable risk factor of prostate cancer is a high fat diet without adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Drinking green tea, eating herbs and spices and increasing your fiber intake with foods like nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, along with eating more organic foods are healthy lifestyle changes you can make to prevent prostate cancer.
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