Provided by: www.cdc.gov & www.menshealth.com
Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. This reality produces the coined “Silent Health Crisis” of men. Men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women. This crisis revolves around managing medical issues like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, lower testosterone and many more.
Awareness Tips to Improve Your Health:
TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR.
Simply get in front of a full-length mirror, strip down, and take a good look, suggests Tanya Kormeili, M.D., “Men are used to focusing on one thing when looking in the mirror,” she says. For example, looking at your face while you’re shaving, or your pits if you’re applying deodorant. By contrast, women tend to do a longer scan, and as a result, are more likely to notice potential problems like new moles or growths, which can signal skin cancer.
READ MORE BOOKS TO LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.
With higher engagement, you have a tendency to de-stress, which reduces your amount of the stress hormone cortisol. When that happens, blood pressure often lowers as a result.
GET 10 TO 20 MINUTES OF SUN EXPOSURE DAILY—WITHOUT SUNSCREEN—TO GET NATURAL VITAMIN D BENEFITS.
“You’ll get stronger bones, lower blood pressure, and even deeper sleep if you get some sun exposure,” says Michael Holick, M.D. “There are advantageous biological processes that occur with sunshine that you won’t get by taking vitamin D supplements.”
HIT THE GYM TO ALLEVIATE BACK PAIN.
“People used to be told to go to bed if their backs hurt, and to rest as much as possible,” says William Morrison, M.D., “But now we know that usually makes it worse.” That’s because exercise strengthens your core, which alleviates pressure and tightness from your lower back. It also builds up your back muscles, so they can better support your spine.
CONSUME YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES TO HELP DAMAGED LUNGS.
Globally, about 40% of men smoke as compared with nearly 9% of women. The association between lung health preservation and tomato, banana, and apple consumption was more evident in former smokers, compared to those who never lit up. This suggests that flavonoids, antioxidants, found in these may possibly contribute to lung restoration, helping mitigate the damage to lung tissue caused by smoking, the researchers say.