Women live longer than men. In fact, women live on average 4.5 years longer than their males counterparts. But why?
Testosterone, stress, and lifestyle could all play a role, but the fact that men are generally less likely to oblige routine doctor visits doesn’t help their case.
No one wants to be unhealthy, so what should men focus on regarding wellness and what steps should men take for better quality of life as they age?
A look at the meaning of “men’s health”
The term “men’s health” refers to both physical and mental health issues of concern to men and differences in men’s health. When it comes to “human health,” it also draws attention to differences in the health needs of boys and men in relation to girls and women. These differences go beyond the obvious differences in reproductive systems.
Men in more developed countries have more serious chronic diseases than women. They also have a higher mortality rate for the leading causes of death and are about six years younger than women on average. Biological and social factors contribute to gender-specific health differences.
From a biological point of view, these differences between the sexes can be explained by anatomical and physiological differences between men and women. Healthy behavior is an important factor affecting health and longevity, and men are more likely to behave, increasing the risk of illness and death.
WHAT HEALTH ISSUES AFFECT MEN’S THE MOST
The Men’s Health Network (MHN) reports shows that men die more often than women and some of the 10 major causes of death in men includes – heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, accidents, pneumonia and flu, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver
Let’s look at some health issues that affect men the most;
Stroke is the third most common killer in the country after heart disease and all forms of cancer. The incidence of male strokes is 1.25 times higher than that of women, though, according to the American Heart Association, there really is no difference between the sexes as the age of men. “We know that high blood pressure is a very important risk factor for stroke, and control over hypertension is a key factor in preventing stroke.”
For decades, more men than women have died from heart disease. This is not the case today. Men, however, die more often from heart disease. And cardiovascular disease leads to a higher percentage of male deaths (about 25%) than women (23%).
Men have more risk factors for heart disease than women. For example, more men than women smoke and drink too much alcohol. Men up to 45 years of age are more likely to have high blood pressure. More than half of all Americans with untreated diabetes are men. Over time, the negative effects of these risk factors will increase and suffer from the heart. Fortunately, you can change your lifestyle to reduce some of these risk factors and turn to other people. Men are also younger than women.
In 1920, women lived longer than men. CDC data today shows that the gap between life expectancy has increased: women survive on average of five years than men.
Every year more men than women get lung cancer. More men die too. The fact that most smokers in the US are men can play a role in this, because smoking is the most important risk factor for lung cancer. This is due to about 90% of all cases in the United States.
Smokers are 30 times more likely to suffer from lung cancer or die than non-smokers. The use of cigars and tubes also increases the risk of developing lung cancer. When smoking or using tobacco products, the benefits of smoking ban are too great.
A MAN’S DIET
EAT MORE FATTY FISH
Regardless of how old you become, how long you can run, how much iron you blow up or expert advice that you follow your heart. The old ticker always needs a little more Omega-3 to ensure that your blood circulation is strong and for you to be able to move to whatever place you set yourself, according to registered nutritionist Cara Walsh.
Fatty fish like salmon, trout, tuna, and sardines are good additions to your diet. “Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are good sources of vitamin D, which is particularly low in men’s diet, should be eaten more often, at least twice a week.” says Dr. Walsh. These are the super foods that every healthy person needs for his diet.
EAT LESS PROCESSED MEAT
If your concern is protein intake, there are plenty of good meats that don’t come ground up and packaged in a membrane. Organic chicken breast, grasped steak, lamb, beef, and turkey.
If you’re planted-based, focus on lentils, chickpeas, nuts, seeds and beans.
EAT MORE BERRIES
Do you remember how a kid brings a bunch of blueberries from his neighbor’s garden? Sprinkle blueberries on your cereal breakfast? Or if you’re just around and fresh fruits are expensive to handle? Now that you’ve mastered it all the way up to adult, it’s time to make sure you regularly clean the berries.
“Berries are wonderful antioxidants that can help slow down the brain function that occurs at an old age, people can easily add fruits to breakfast cereals, oatmeal, snacks or cocktails.”
EAT LESS JUNK FOOD
Rule: if it comes in a package pre-baked, fried, full of sugar or salt, stay away from it. Junk food damages the gut, and the gut, as we know, is the key to all health. We discussed the micro biome and what foods and lifestyle choices you should make to keep from getting sick.
You’re not Superman!
Never take physical health or mental health for granted.
It’s incredibly important for men to know that their health matters, and that they must listen to their bodies and minds, and take appropriate action to prevent illness and stay healthy throughout the duration of life.
And if you’re still reading, get on the phone with your doctor’s office for a checkup today!