Fitness & Health

Fighting Your Top Health Enemies

Men who work with their hands for a living (think farmer, mechanic, lumberjack) are as masculine as they get. That’s why they can get away with skimping on their grooming. You, on the other hand, don’t have that luxury. Girls don’t swoon over unkempt, scaly men with bad breath, do they? The appeal of a well groomed man is often

overlooked. And annihilating a can of Axe deo spray does not cut it.
With winter right around the corner, you skin will soon be requiring some extra care. Have you noticed how your wardrobe changes with seasons? Likewise, your skin does too especially in winter. Does your face skin tighten while yawing early in the morning? Here are some essential winter products for men which prevent your skin from drying out like dried meat.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Also known as atheroscle- rosis, meaning hardening
of the arteries, cardiovascu- lar disease could have been easily derived from the Latin ‘A-man’s-worst-enemy’. Heart disease and stroke are the first and second leading causes

of death worldwide, in both genders, however are found more in men. Heart disease comes in many forms, all of which can lead to serious, fatal complications if left undetect- ed. It has been estimated that stroke targets an estimated 2.8 million and more than one in three adult men has some form of cardiovascular disease. Nev- ertheless this horrifying disease is preventable if certain general measures are taken such as getting cholesterol checked be- ginning at age 25 and every five years, controlling blood pres-

sure and cholesterol; if they’re high, throwing away your ciga- rettes for good, increasing your physical activity level to 30 minutes per day; most days of the week and finally consuming more fruits and vegetables and less saturated or trans fats.

ACCORDING TO A RESEARCH CONDUCTED IN SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION, MEN OVER 50 ARE AT HIGHEST RISK FOR DEVELOPING SKIN CANCER—MORE THAN TWICE THE RATE AS WOMEN.

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

1 in 10 men are affected by erection problems. Erectile dysfunction, or impotence refers to not being able to get or keep an erection that is suf- ficient for sexual intercourse. Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern but if erec- tile dysfunction is an ongoing problem, it may cause stress, cause relationship problems

or affect your self-confidence. Even though it’s not life threatening and may seem awkward to talk with your

doctor about erectile dysfunc- tion, we suggest you go in for an evaluation.

This health disaster in men is triggered either by physical factors or psychological factors or sometimes both. The physical factors that can cause impotence include: diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), prostate disease, high blood pressure, under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) as well as al- cohol. On the psychological side however erectile dysfunction can be caused by unresolved problems, conflicts or issues within a sexual and emotional relationship, anxiety about sex- ual performance (this is most common at the start of a new relationship, if a man has had previous problems with sexual performance), depression and stress. You may need treatment

for both physical and psychologi- cal causes of impotence. Erectile dysfunction can usually be man- aged, so you can expect a positive result from treatment.

LUNG CANCER

Lung cancer is a terrible disease: ugly, aggressive, and almost always metastatic. Lung cancer spreads early, usually before

it grows large enough to cause symptoms or even show up on
an X-ray. By the time it’s found, lung cancer is often advanced and difficult to cure. Less than half of men are alive a year later. The leading cause? Smoking. Yes, Tobacco smoke causes 90% of all lung cancers. Though the smoking rates are falling in the developed countries like USA, insignificant improvement in

our country makes this disease
a leading cancer killer in men: more than enough to fill the Su- per dome every year. No effective screening test for lung cancer is available, although a major study is going on to learn if CT scans

of the chests of high-risk people can catch cancer early enough to improve survival. Quitting smok- ing at any age reduces the risk for lung cancer. Few preventive measures are as effective -or as challenging -as stopping smok- ing. But new tools are available that work to help men quit. Your doctor can tell you more.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Men and women are equally likely to develop HBP during their lifetimes. However, before age 45, men are more likely to suffer HBP, in addition to that, men younger than 55 are more likely to have uncontrolled HBP than women. HBP is highly affected by many unhealthy lifestyle habits, includ- ing eating too much sodium (salt), drinking too much alcohol, lack of enough potassium in diet, lack of physical activity and smoking. Other than these, family history of HBP also plays a huge role in raising your risk for the condi- tion. Long-lasting stress also can put you at risk for HBP. You’re also more likely to develop HBP if you have prehypertension. Prehy-

pertension means that your blood pressure is in the 120–139/80–89 mmHg range.

TESTICULAR CANCER

Testicular cancer occurs in the testicles (testes), which are locat- ed inside the scrotum, a loose bag of skin underneath the penis. It is the most common cancer found in men between the ages of 15 and 35 years old, and the incidence of this condition has been increasing over the last hundred years. The symptoms of testicular cancer include: a painless lump in the testicle (common), dull ache or pain in the groin or abdomen (uncommon), enlargement of a testicle (common) pain, discom- fort, or a feeling of “heaviness” in the scrotum (uncommon) pain or discomfort in the testicle (un- common) Occasionally, symp- toms arise from disease that has already spread to other organs, such as lumps in the neck, cough due to cancer in the lungs, back pain due to cancer in the bones, and, rarely, neurological problems because of nerve or brain prob- lems. The treatment of testicular cancer can cause a variety of complications. Radiotherapy may cause problems gaining or retain- ing erections, while chemothera- py may cause sterility. Men who have had testicular cancer also seem to be at a higher risk for developing leukemia and other types of cancers.

SKIN CANCER

According to a research conduct- ed in Skin cancer Foundation, men over 50 are at highest risk for developing skin cancer—more than twice the rate as women. Why? Because of more sun exposure and fewer visits to the doctor. Men are spending more hours in the sun than women, but are less likely to use sunscreen, moreover men typically have less hair to cover ears and scalp, two areas where they develop skin cancer more often than women and also top women in skin can- cers of the often-exposed back, chest, and shoulders. Hence, the combination of exposure and neglect is especially dangerous

when it comes to melanoma. Very few men tend to bother with sun protection techniques. If they use sunscreen at all, they may put on too little and reapply too seldom, if they wear a hat, it’s usually a baseball cap, which is better than nothing, but protects only the forehead and front of the face, not the neck or side of the face.

So The keys to overcoming melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment .It is more important than ever for men of all ages to become aware of the risks of unprotected sun exposure and take precautions, including using sunscreen daily, seeking the shade when outdoors, wearing UV-protective sunglasses, examining their skin on a regular basis, and obtaining a yearly skin exam from a professional.

 

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