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June 12-18, National Men’s Health Week
Men are statistically proven to be less healthier than women. This is because they are more likely to put their health last on their list of priorities. It has been consistently observed that men are less likely to visit a doctor on a regular basis and usually have a serious condition if they do go. This is probably the best time that you should be aware about your overall health as it is Men’s Health Week from June 12th – June 18th.
However, a little long-term planning may help you stay away from illnesses that are common in men. Take a look at the most common diseases to affect men and how to avoid it -
Cardiovascular Disease :
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. It's usually associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries – known as atherosclerosis – and an increased risk of blood clots. This men’s health week, be sure to work harder to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke by taking some steps : Control your blood pressure and cholesterol ; Quit smoking ; Increase your physical activity ; Eat more fruits and vegetables etc.
Depression is a mental illness that affects a large number of men. It not only affects your mind but also takes over your physical health, making you lethargic and weak. In a person affected by depression, brain chemicals and stress hormones are out of balance. Their sleep, appetite and energy levels are also disturbed. It is important that you identify the signs of depression and be strong enough to accept it. This Men's Health Week, making these simple changes in your life can help boost your mood and prevent depression - Get enough sleep ; Exercise ; Regulate your blood sugar ; Find passion in life etc.
Lung Cancer :
Lung cancer, also known as lung carcinoma, is a malignant lung tumor characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. It is commonly found among men. It spreads early and fast and it is usually too late by the time it is detected. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in men. The risk of this cancer increases as you age, hence it is important that you take necessary measures starting from today - Stop smoking ; Avoid secondhand smoke ; Test your home for radon ; Avoid carcinogens at work ; Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables ; Exercise most days of the week etc.
Prostate Cancer :
Prostate cancer is another deadly disease that kills men. The prostate is a small gland behind the penis that secretes fluids important for ejaculation. As the age of men increases, the risk of prostate cancer becomes higher. It is the most common cancer in the world but it grows slowly and is unlikely to spread. If you want to reduce your risk of prostate cancer, consider trying to: Choose a low-fat diet ; Eat more fat from plants than from animals ; Reduce the amount of dairy products you eat each day ; Maintain a healthy weight etc.
Erectile Dysfunction :
Erectile dysfunction is an effect of atherosclerosis and reflects on the poor health of the blood vessels in the body. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. The best thing to do in order to avoid these complications at later stages of your life is to maintain a balanced diet, avoid drinking and exercise regularly starting from today.
Purpose of Men's Health Week
The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Stay healthy this Men’s Health Week and also motivate your peers to stay healthy.