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FOR MEN:

As a man, you've seen your body change with the years. Maybe you've put on a few pounds or your hairline might be receding. Understanding the way your body ages can open up new ways to lead a healthier, vital life.
We would like to encourage men to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and working towards preventing diseases and heightening awareness of preventable health problems by encouraging early detection and treatment of diseases including cancer, heart disease, and depression.

Top Health Threats to Men

  • Cardiovascular Disease -- check your cholesterol levels
  • Lung Disease -- quit smoking
  • Prostate Cancer -- get a rectal exam
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Diabetes -- eat a healthy diet
  • HIV and AIDS -- practice safe sex

Remember that you are just a human, and stay healthy by taking regular visits to the doctor. It’s important for every man to develop healthy eating habits and get involved in physical activities.

Some changes to be aware of:

  • Fat - Many men start gaining weight after 30 - as male hormones begin to decline, you will lose muscle mass
  • Heart - Blood vessels and arteries become less supple with time causing hgh blood pressure.
  • Prostate - Grows larger causing urination problems
  • Penis - Libido may decline
  • Skin - Gets thinner, making you sensitive to the cold
  • Hair - Pattern baldness

Effective ways to help lower blood pressure:

  • Get moving
  • Get calm
  • Check blood pressure often
  • Eat healthy and lose weight if needed
  • Sleep tight
  • Cut caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine

Effective ways to help age healthier:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Manage stress
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get adequate amounts of calcium
  • Get adequate amounts of vitamin D
  • Avoied substance abuse
  • Lower your blood pressure

Men who combine good nutrition with physical activity, lead to a healthier life. One of the most important aspects of your lifestyle is what you put on your plate.  Good nutrition is critical for good health. Eating well not only gives your body the nutriens it needs. It also helps keep weight under control.

Being overweight can increase your chances of developing certain chronic conditions, including: Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Colon, kidney, liver, and gall bladder cancers.

Five nutrients every man needs to stay healthy.

Calcium - Guys can get osteoporosis too.  Men need 1000 mg a day.  Calcium is not only responsible for strong bones and teeth, but for regulating your hearbeat and muscle function.

Lean Protein - Protein is not only necessary for muscle regeneration, but it also will help keep you feeling fuller longer. Choose healthy protein options like lean chicken, turkey or fish, and meatless options like black beans, chickpeas or eggs.  Men need 56 grams a day.

Potassium - Guys usually overload on sodium and short on the Potassium. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure.  Men need 4,700 mg a day which you can easily get from avocados, potatoes, dark leafy greens, squash, bananas, and tomatoes.

Magnesium - Magnesium is used in over 300 chemical reactions in our body, including helping us relax, energy production, and helping our heart and blood vessels stay healthy.  Men need 420 mg a day, which can be found in spinach, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and fish.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Omega 3 fatty acids not only translate into a healthy heart and brain, they are also anti inflammatory and can possitively affect mood.  For men Omega 3's are used by the body in the production of nitric oxide. (The rise in your Levis). ;) Best source is in fatty fish like salmon and trout. Other sources are grass fed beef and butter, omega-3 eggs, walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

Prostate cancer breakthrough: New treatment to 'seek and destroy' tumours could extend lives of thousands. Read more about this treatment at Daily Mail

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men and occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer that's detected early — when it's still confined to the prostate gland — has a better chance of successful treatment.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

  • Decreased force of urine stream
  • Hesitancy in starting a urine stream
  • Straining during urination
  • Intermittency - starting and stopping of the urine stream
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

It's not clear what causes prostate cancer. Doctors know that prostate cancer begins when some cells in your prostate become abnormal. Mutations in the abnormal cells' DNA cause the cells to grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells do. The abnormal cells continue living, when other cells would die. The accumulating abnormal cells form a tumor that can grow to invade nearby tissue. Some abnormal cells can also break off and spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.

Some Possible Risks

  • Age - Your risk of prostate cancer increases as you age.
  • Race - For reasons unknown, black men carry a greater risk
  • Family History - Can be genetic
  • Obesity - Obese men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be more likely to have advanced disease that's more difficult to treat.

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