Top 10 Men's Health Issues Today & Effective Ways To Improve!

Men facing common ailments have a lousy habit of trying to ignore their symptoms. Instead of seeing a doctor right away, they'll put up with health problems... Learn more.

Women may have longer life expectancy than men but that gap in the United States has now narrowed to five years, the shortest in 50 years according to the National Center for Health Statistics. While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased over the last few decades it's still very important that men pay more attention to their bodies to live a longer and happier/healthier life.

dots
Life Expectancy Gap
dots

There are of course genetic factors and gender predisposition to certain diseases that contribute to the life-expectancy gap between men and women, however there are also several lifestyle issues that also contribute to the life-expectancy gap between men and women that can be controlled. Examples include:

bodybuilding.com
+ Click To Enlarge.
Men Tend To Drink More.

  • Smoking. Although the gap between the number of male and women smokers has narrowed over the years, more men still smoke than women. Smoking is directly responsible for 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in America each year. Smoking also causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Smoking increases the risk for developing coronary heart disease, and also dramatically effects bone density.
  • What Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as chronic obstructive airway diseases (COAD), is a group of diseases characterized by the pathological limitation of airflow in the airway that is not fully reversible. COPD is the umbrella term for chronic bronchitis, emphysema and a range of other lung disorders.

  • Men don't seek medical help as often as women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2005 National Health Interview Survey while only 12% of women reported making no doctors office visits in the previous year, the same was true for 26% of men.

    Men facing common ailments have a lousy habit of trying to ignore their symptoms. Instead of seeing a doctor right away, they'll put up with health problems for as long as possible out of embarrassment and fear that the treatment will be even worse.

  • Men tend to be terrible patients and ignore doctor's orders more often than women.
  • Men typically work more, work riskier jobs and typically hold on average more stress related jobs than women.

RELATED ARTICLE
Understand Stress And Beat It With These Smart Tips!
[ Click here to learn more. ]
Understand Stress And Beat It!
Every one of us is affected by stress and just like anything else our genetics determine how well we can deal with it. Learn more right here!
Author:
Dr. David Ryan

  • Some men define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.

There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone, which can also contribute to the gap in life expectancy.

arrow 10 Leading Causes Of Death For Men:

  1. Diseases of the heart.
  2. Malignant neoplasms (cancers).
  3. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke).
  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries).
  5. Chronic lower respiratory diseases.
  6. Diabetes mellitus.
  7. Influenza and Pneumonia.
  8. Intentional self-harm (suicide).
  9. Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis.
  10. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney diseases).

dots
What Men Can Do About Their Health
dots

Your general health is subject to risk factors such as age, genetics (family history) and personal lifestyle habits (e.g., diet, drinking, smoking, etc.).

While specific risk factors such as genetics are beyond your control, you still can take steps to change your personal habits to take charge of your health. The following are some specific steps that you can take to lower your risk to disease or injury, extend your life and improve the quality of your life:

dots
arrow Stick To A Healthy Diet:
dots

    When choosing foods to eat, consider their impact on your health. Consider your family history and predisposition to diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Consider how the foods you choose may also affect your weight, and your blood pressure.

    Generally speaking your diet should include healthy servings of vegetables, healthy oils (such as Omega-3's), low in saturated fat, high in fiber, low in salt and simple sugars, with a consideration for fruits that also contain anti-oxidants that help combat free radicals and reduce your risk to specific cancers.

Nutrient #1 Food Nutrient Database:
Over 6200 Foods In A Searchable Database!!

Find out how many grams of protein, carbs and fat are in the foods you eat, along with the full vitamin and mineral profile.

[ Search The Database Here! ]

dots
arrow Supplement Your Diet:
dots

    Do to processed foods today, as well as specific methods of cooking and limitations in food choices and diets there are many people that do not get the micronutrients that they need that are important to maintain good health and prevent disease. A good supplement can help you meet your body's needs for such micronutrients that you might be lacking in your diet.

RELATED POLL
Do You Take A Regular Multivitamin?

Yes.
No.

dots
arrow Have Regular Checkups And Screenings:
dots

    Many of the major health risks that men face - like heart disease, colon cancer or prostate cancer - can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Screening tests that find diseases early can save lives because they can catch issues when they are easier to treat.

    Have periodic full check ups that include stress test, body scans, blood panels, prostate exam, colonoscopy, dermatological exam (to catch early signs of cancerous growths).

    Related Forum Threads:

dots
arrow Know What's Normal:
dots

    Men often will delay seeing a doctor because they assume their symptoms are a natural part of getting older or that there are no easy treatments aside from surgery.

    Some symptoms may be confusing, or not readily evident to most men. For instance, regarding prostate health, though the prostate gets bigger as men age, it only proves bothersome for about one-third of men, causing them to frequently visit the bathroom and, once there, have trouble urinating, The other 2/3 may not experience issues and therefore may not get a diagnosis that would start early treatment.

FORUM THREAD
Enlarged Prostate
[ Click To Join The Thread. ]
Enlarged Prostate.
Anyone worry about it? if so what are you doing to prevent it?
Started By:
bAby norAA

dots
arrow Limit Your Consumption Of Alcohol And Caffeine:
dots

dots
arrow Avoid Tobacco:
dots

    The negative health effects related to tobacco are well-known and well-publicized. Most smokers tend to underestimate the risk of smoking to their health or fail to internalize the risk. In fact most smokers are unable to name a disease other than lung cancer that is caused by smoking, and most smokers rate their own chance of developing a smoking-related disease as less than, equal to, or only slightly greater than "the average person." When in fact long-term smokers have a 50% chance of dying from a tobacco-related disease. Alarmingly enough, of these deaths, about one-half will occur between age 35-69.

RELATED ARTICLE
Stop Smoking For Better Health!
[ Click here to learn more. ]
Stop Smoking For Better Health!
Do you smoke? Does it really make you feel good? Today I am going to share with you some of my feelings about smoking and a plea for everyone to just stop.
Author:
Dave Draper

    Statistics show that in North America, tobacco use is responsible for more deaths than alcohol and other drug use, car accidents, murders, suicides, and AIDS combined.

    In addition to causing heart disease and several forms of cancer, tobacco use causes emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, gangrene, and may contribute to sexual impotence. Being tobacco-free is a major goal in any preventive health program.

dots
arrow Have Regular Dental Examinations And Practice Good Dental Hygiene:
dots

    According to the Academy of Periodontology there is mounting evidence to suggest that people with periodontal (gum) disease are at higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, and respiratory disease.

dots
arrow Be Safety-Conscious At Home And On The Job:
dots

    Do not step on the top step of ladders. Wear appropriate personal protection as needed when at home or work (safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.). Wear reflective clothing when running in the dark. Wear bike helmets when biking. Think about the safety aspects of all of your life.

dots
arrow Take Time To Exercise:
dots

    Exercise reduces stress. Stress can cause havoc on your body in several ways. Exercise is a preventive measure for many significant health issues including some forms of cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, depression, just to name a few.

bodybuilding.com bodybuilding.com
+ Click To Enlarge.
Exercise Reduces Stress.

dots
arrow Wear Sunscreen:
dots

    Everyone should wear sunscreen to protect their skin from the damaging effects of the sun that lead to skin cancer. It has an added bonus of prevent the severe photoaging that the sun causes.

bodybuilding.com bodybuilding.com
+ Click To Enlarge.
Everyone Should Wear Sunscreen.

dots
arrow Drive Safely:
dots

    Being a defensive driver can reduce your chance of being involved in a car accident. Refraining from talking on a cell phone while driving will also greatly reduce your risk of a car accident.

RELATED ANIMATED SERIES
Ronnie Skipper Interviews - Episode 3.
Bob and Johhnie Jackson go on a cross country roadtrip in this animated series
[ Click here to watch. ]

    Always wear your seat belt while driving. You should wear a seat belt whenever you are in a motor vehicle. Injury and death from auto accidents are common causes of disability and death in adults.

RELATED POLL
Do You Always Wear Your Seat Belt?

Yes.
No.
Sometimes.