A Focus on Prevention
The young man will certaintly transcend into the older man, yet can still remain healthy and vital when incorporating a few simple practices. The research shows that there is a five year gap in life expectancy between the man and women. Incorporating healthy practices early in life will contribute to the benefits of a healthy later on. Read below about the "top ten" health issues affecting men today and learn what you can do to sustain health lifelong.
Get in the habit of trying to develop a better understand of how diet affects disease. Remember to think positive, instead of becoming frustrated learn how to put in place a strategy to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Research shows that only 5% of diseases are related to genetics, most likely those reading this page believe they are destined to have high blood pressure, heart disease or cancer. If your father had high blood pressure, think about his diet was he a "salt shaker", if so that is one key factor you have just identified which contributed to his high blood pressure. If your grandfather died of lung cancer, did he smoke heavily. These are some of the simple things to think about when looking at genetics and family history. Learn how to do the research and implement a plan of action. Be strong, be well. Dr. Michele J. Doughty
Top Ten Causes of Mortality in Men
THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER
REDUCE SALT INTAKE IN HIDDEN FOODS
Be mindful to watch out for hidden salts in many of your favorite foods. The average daily recommended intake of sodium is 2300 milligrams or 1 teaspoon of salt per day. If you are in the African American race group, the guidelines call for limiting sodium intake to 1500 milligrams daily. Learn how to use sea salts, herbs and spices to flavor foods.
LOWER RED MEAT/ INCREASE PLANTS-BASED FOODS
Meat is a great source of protein and iron, however research shows high consumption of red meat and processed meats is linked to colorectal cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. Replace meats high in saturated fats such as, beef, lamb, pork, veal, venison and goat with poultry, fish and legumes (beans). Also increase intake of plant-based foods.
Exercise 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes per week to lower risk for heart disease, prostate cancer, lung disease and diabetes. Enjoy a wide variety of physical activities to improve muscular strength and endurance.