Part 2: Men, Stay on Top of Your Health!
I started this series yesterday about men's health. I am turning 50 this year and mortaility is smacking me in the face. Men's health month is in June. I don't have time to wait unitl June to address my health. This is part two of a series about men's health, articles with information to keep us healthy.
I've dealt with health issues my whole life. Blood disorders, a dozen plus surgeries, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure and the list goes on, just like yours. About a week and a half ago it hit me, I'm not in my mid 20's anymore and it's more than likely I've lived more than half of my life. That's scary man. Looking back on life I have fond memories but it's painfully clear I could've taken better care of myself. Mortality is humbling.
One thing I didn't do when I was still partying my life away, I'm grateful for my recovery, is go to the doctor. I mean come on, I tore both ACL's, seperated ribs, concussions and I was that guy that said, "I'm fine". I retore my meniscus (actually had that repaired once lol) and the surgeon said, "ya think we should fix that ACL too?". That was 15 years after I tore it. The surgery was brutal. Write this down "listen to your body. Go to the doctor". There are no trophies or badges for trying to be tough. Lesson learned.
I want to live to be 100 years old. I am paying attention to my heatlh, I hope that you are too. Our families and friends want us to be around for a long time.
I'm not a doctor, mana medical associates provided some helpful information about men's health. Here are some facts and tips about men's health I hope you find useful.
Men Have a Higher Risk for Lung Cancer
Men are statistically more likely to use tobacco products than women. According to the World Heatlh Organization, 40% of men in the world smoke, and 9% of women smoke. Almost all cases of COPD and lung cancer are caused by smoking, and tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.
I used to smoke and am grateful that I don't any longer. I feel a lot healthier and I keep grinding on!
Men are More Likely to Drink in Excess
According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, almost one-fourth of adult men reported binge drinking five times a month. Men are nearly twice as likely to binge drink than women. Excessive drinking is associated with a number of long-term and short-term health risks.
Binge drinking 5 times a month? I am a recovering alcoholic. That was almost every night. Beyond grateful for my sobriety.
Suicide Death is Higher in Men Than Women
Your mental health and well-being is just as important as your physical health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are more likely to die by suicide than women. There’s strength in asking for help and talking about mental health.
I am a survivor. When people die by suicide they are not criminals. They are sick. YOU are amazing. YOU are loved. Know this. I am grateful for my life and all that I have learned since my attempt. If you are feeling off, unstable and comtemplating, call 988, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. I beg you.
The 3 Greatest Risks to Men’s Health
The three leading causes of death for men in 2016 were heart disease, cancer, and accidents (unintentional injuries). While these health threats are not entirely preventable, lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of death from heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injury.
You know your body. Be your own hero and downfield block. Be proactive.
The reason why I am sharing this info with you is because I want YOU to be on this awesome planet. Live to be 100 with me, it'll be fun.