The Top 3 Health Concerns for Men (and What to Do About Them)

Of the top ten causes of death among humans, men die at higher rates from all of them. We need to start talking about men’s health, and what better time than Men’s Health Month? At Pinnacle Fitness Club, we want to help the men in our community take control of their health and invest in a better lifestyle.

To say that typically, men don’t take care of their health as much as women is an understatement. According to a study from the CDC, women are 33% more likely than men to visit a doctor in general, although the gap narrows with increasing age. Men also die earlier than women on average. Let’s start encouraging the men in our lives to take control of their health through education and action!

This list is by no means all-inclusive, but these 3 health concerns are especially important for men. Take a look:

Prostate Cancer

According to Cancer.org, 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and it is fatal in 1 in 39 of those men. This is something you and the men in your life need to be educated about, because while there is no proven prevention for prostate cancer, that doesn’t leave us helpless–not by a long shot!

Starting with the basics of health, the risk of prostate cancer may be reduced by simple, healthy choices like exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. Secondly, early detection is key! Suggested testing intervals vary for everyone; to find out when and how often you should get tested, click here for the American Cancer Society’s recommendations.

Heart Disease

This includes risks like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The American Heart Association reports that 1 in 3 adult men have heart disease. The good news is that our healthy choices can greatly impact our risk factors. The bad news is that it is considered a silent killer. The CDC reports that half of men who die from coronary heart disease didn’t know they had it because they didn’t notice or report any symptoms. What can be done?

Risk factors of heart disease include a diet in high saturated fat, alcohol abuse, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Again, a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in eliminating or reducing these risk factors. Exercise, eating right, and stress management are vital in preventing this silent killer of men.

Weight Management

As a nation, we’re expanding, and in this case it’s not a good thing. We’re getting bigger, carrying more weight, and putting ourselves at risk for more health issues related to obesity. To name just a few of those health issues…

 

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for a short time during sleep) and asthma

As you can see, the root of most of the health issues men face is unhealthy lifestyles. Weight gain is preventable. A healthy diet is a choice. Exercise will always be a better option for stress relief than smoking or alcohol. We’d like to be part of all of those choices and creating better, healthier lifestyles.

Would you or someone you know like to talk with a personal fitness trainer, or just take a tour of our downtown omaha fitness facility? Let’s start talking about men’s health!

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