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Essential Supplements for Men’s Health Month

We talk a lot about women’s health and what we need to do to look younger and stay healthy, but today… it’s all about the guys. During Men’s Health Month, we want to encourage men of all ages to get serious about their health. Here’s what you need to know…

What is Men’s Health Month?

June is Men’s Health Month and is all about bringing awareness to the special health needs men of all ages have. As you age, the need for certain vitamins and minerals changes, your metabolism and stamina may begin to slow down, and your lifestyle choices begin to have an impact. So, start taking notice, now.

Men’s Health Concerns and Changes by Age

Below is a list of health concerns that many men have as they age. In each section, you’ll also find suggestions on how to improve those concerns, and perhaps eliminate some altogether.

Men in their 20’s

  1. Proper Nutrition – Many men in their 20s feel invincible. They may be at the peak of body performance on the outside, but way too often they are neglecting essential nutrients for the inside. The number one thing a man in his 20s should do, is take a high quality multivitamin like Men’s Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations or Men’s Extreme Sports Multivitamin by NOW Foods. A healthy, well-rounded diet is also important with at least an hour of moderate to intense physical activity five days a week.
  2. Avoiding the Doctor – Either they are too busy, or too scared to find out what the doctor will say during a physical, many men in their 20s often neglect routine medical checkups. This can become an issue later in life as small problems can go undetected for long periods of time, causing major issues as they age. You should be getting a physical at least once a year. 
  3. Poor Lifestyle Choices – Many men in their 20s drink too much alcohol as well as smoke cigarettes or use vaping tobacco. This coupled with lack of sleep is wreaking havoc on your body. It may seem like you can bounce back quickly now, but trust us, it’s going to catch up with you eventually. Studies show that binge drinking increases your chance of having a heart attack by 72 percent!

Men Ages 30-40

  1. High Cholesterol – At this point in your life, you need to be taking your cholesterol seriously to avoid major complications later. Doctors recommend having your cholesterol checked every five years. Supplements such as CholestePure from Pure Encapsulations can help keep it under control. 
  2. Manage Stress – Men who endure a lot of stress from work, family life, and more are at an increased risk of developing serious health issues such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Make an effort to naturally reduce stress with regular exercise, meditation and yoga. 
  3. Check Your Blood Pressure – High blood pressure can lead to serious health problems such as stroke, kidney failure, and heart attacks. The shocking thing is that most men don’t even realize they have it! That’s why in honor of Men’s Health Month, men in their 30s should have their blood pressure checked every three years, and men age 40 and up should have it checked annually. Supplements such as Blood Pressure Support from Now Foods can also help keep it under control. 

Men Ages 50+

  1. Enlarged Prostate – Prostate issues, including cancer, are a major concern for men over 50. Enlarged prostate is the most common health issue for men in this age group, and untreated, can lead to prostate cancer. 
  2. Colon Cancer – The second leading cause of death for men in their 50s is colon cancer. It’s recommended that all men have a colonoscopy by age 50, and if there are no issues, have it repeated every ten years.
  3. Heart Disease – In your 50s, more than ever, you need to be taking your heart health seriously. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men between the ages of 45-54. Poor diet, lack of exercise when you are younger, and stress all contribute to heart disease in this age group. Help maintain your heart health with a healthy diet. 

During Men’s Health Month, we urge you to take control of your future, and your health.

Men’s Health – Get With The Program, Guys!

MensHealthProgramBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Healthy living guidelines for lifestyles, exercising, and nutrition abound.  Data suggests the majority of men are aware that changes to their diet or lifestyles could benefit their overall health, yet fewer than 50% actually follow through on those changes.  Life expectancy statistics are slowly increasing relative to changes in American lifestyles, as more emphasis is placed on healthier diets, regular exercise and quitting smoking.  However, men still lag when it comes to health and longevity, as women are outliving men by approximately 5.1 years. 

This gender gap is not unique to the U.S.  Demographic studies show that in industrial societies and in developing countries as well, men have higher mortality rates from most all non-sex-specific health problems.  Men fall ill at a younger age, are more likely to have chronic illness, are less likely to visit doctors for routine checkups, and only seek medical help when their illness is in its later stages. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top health threats for men are heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, and diabetes.  The reasons for the poor state of men’s health are a complex mix of biological, social and behavioral factors.  Some of these include:

  • Diet – Women are twice as likely as men to eat the recommended amount of fruits and veggies each day. 
  • Lack of exercise – Many men have sedentary desk jobs and don’t come close to getting enough exercise to maintain good health.
  • Work stress – There is no question that work stress can increase the risk of heart attack, hypertension, and stroke
  • Alcohol abuse – Although there are certainly women who abuse alcohol, men are more than twice as likely to be binge drinkers and to become alcohol dependent. 
  • Smoking – More men than woman engage in smoking, the riskiest of all behaviors.
  • Risky behavior –  Whatever the reason, men engage in riskier behaviors and are more likely to pay the price for that in terms of injury, trauma and death. 
  • Reluctance to receive routine medical care – Men are more likely to take better care of their cars than their health.  Many men don’t seek medical attention until they can no longer ignore their health. 
  • Lack of awareness regarding health issues – Men fail to take the simple steps that can protect against chronic disease such as heart disease and cancer.  
  • Stigmas surrounding both physical and mental health –  Men are more than twice as likely to lack social support.  Women have larger and more reliable social networks. It is thought that strong relationships and good communication are two of the reasons why women live longer than men. 

Of course, making recommended lifestyle changes can really make a difference in men’s long term health by lowering the risk of developing chronic disease.  Men can take charge of their health by making better choices.  To stay healthy and increase their longevity, men need to start following the rules.

Stop avoiding medical visits – Be proactive in preventing disease.  Don’t wait to visit the doctor until something is seriously wrong.  Get recommended screenings and health evaluations when needed. 

Manage stress – Stress wreaks havoc on our immune, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal  systems and plays an aggravating role in many chronic diseases.  Take steps to reduce the stress induced wear and tear on your mind and body.  Learn healthier ways to deal with stress by getting enough sleep, exercising, and building social and community support. 

Maintain a healthy weight – Carrying extra weight, especially belly fat, increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

Limit alcohol consumption –  Overindulgence can lead to long-term problems such as heart disease, liver damage and pancreatitis.  One or two drinks is considered the maximum daily amount to avoid long-term health conditions. 

Be tobacco free – This means tobacco in all forms.  Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death.  Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and is a main cause of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary heart disease and stroke.  If you only make one healthy change, make it this one. 

Pay attention to nutrition –  Good health requires vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.  Healthy eating means getting plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats and reduced fat dairy.  Cut way back on added sugars, sodium, refined foods and unhealthy fats. 

Be physically active –  Physical activity that gets your body moving helps to control blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and weight, helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.  If you are a non-exerciser, start at a comfortable level and work up from there until you can exercise at a moderate pace for at least 30 minutes daily.

 Men’s Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations –  A complete hypo-allergenic, nutrient rich, highly bioavailable multivitamin/multi-mineral and trace element supplement designed for men over the age of 40.  Features special blends of nutrients for energy support and for prostate, cardiovascular, and eye health. 

ProOmega D 1000 mg by Nordic Naturals – Exceptionally pure cold water Omega-3 fish oils for heart, brain and neurological health, support of a healthy anti-inflammatory response, and promotion of eye health. 

Pycnogenol 50 mg by Douglas LaboratoriesThis highly effective antioxidant helps maintain a healthy capillary system and supports lung health, normal glucose metabolism, and cardiovascular health. 

Astaxanthin 4 mg by Pure EncapsulationsThis powerful antioxidant derived from Hawaiian microalgae support skin, macula, joint, immune system and cardiovascular health.