June is Men’s Health Month so men…listen up. Time to take care of you! Get to your doctor.
The top 5 things that kill men. No it is not their wives, girlfriends, (or partners).
#1 Killer in men is Heart disease. About 620,000 papas, dads, brothers, husbands, sons die each year due to heart disease. About 1 in 3 men have some sort of heart problems. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and family history. It is important to know your numbers! Know your cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and blood sugar levels. If you think you are having a heart attack, take an aspirin right away. And go to the ER.
#2 Killer is Cancer. Lung cancer tops this list, followed by prostate then colon cancer. Smoking is responsible for 90% of all lung cancers that kill men. Quit smoking, get your prostate checked, and get your colonoscopy.
#3 Killer is Accidents. About 120,000 men die each year in unexpected accidents. Motor vehicles are the top killers in men under the age of 34. Men 35 to 74, the killer is accidental poisoning, including drug overdoses. Texting while driving increases your risk of a crash by 23 times vs. 11 times for drunk driving. So don’t text and drive. And don’t drink and drive.
#4 Killer is COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Men who smoke are 12 times more likely to die from COPD. Nearly 120, 000 men die from COPD. Smoking causes 80% of COPD deaths. Perhaps you are getting the message. Smoking kills.
The 5th Killer in men is Stroke. Nearly 50,000 men die of a stroke. This is not an old man’s concern. 1 in 14 strokes occur in men younger than 45. High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for having a stroke. Smoking, High cholesterol, diabetes are also risk factors. So once again, know your numbers.
5 changes which you can do to help your health. Work on 1 then add another one when you are ready.
- If you notice smoking, is a risk factor for 4 out of the 5 top killers. So if you smoke. Quit. Today. For your better overall health. With those facts, it is amazing that men are actually still smoking.
- Exercise 30 minutes, 4 times a week.
- Lose that spare tire.
- Manage chronic medical conditions. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol. Go to your doctor on a regular basis. Know your numbers and improve them. (Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight).
- Count to 10. Keep your cool when you are under stress.
Men if you notice there is no mention of a wife causing death, in fact studies show that men who are married actually live longer than single men. So a woman does a man good!!
Men, we the women of the world need you and we need you healthy!
Here’s to all you men out there…Happy Men’s Health Month. Take care of YOU and you will enjoy many more Happy Father’s Days.