Men's Health Week

MEN’S HEALTH WEEK

FACT:  Some men don’t like to go to the doctor unless something is wrong.  We all have that guy in our lives that would rather wait until the onset of chest pain before admitting he’s not been feeling well.

During Men’s Health Week, we are taking a look at common issues that are more common in men and some early warning signs.

PROSTATE HEALTH

The prostate is a small gland found in men, near their bladders. Many men experience prostate problems, and as they get older it is important to watch for signs of prostate cancer.

Reduce the risk by eating a variety of foods with lycopene, increase soy, lose weight with the guidance of a physician, limit your alcohol and caffeine intake, and have a prostate exam done yearly.  [1]

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Types of heart disease include: Arrhythmia, Heart valve issues, Heart failure.  [2]

DEPRESSION

Depression isn’t just a bad mood, a rough patch, or the blues. It’s an emotional disturbance that affects your whole body and overall health.  While men are less likely to seek help for this condition, it’s important to recognize the warning signs and encourage him to see his healthcare professional.  [1]

Signs include: Sleep loss, fatigue, onset of anger, becoming withdrawn.

DIABETES

Over years, blood sugar levels creep higher, eventually spilling into the urine. The resulting frequent urination and thirst are what finally bring many men to the doctor.

Excess glucose acts like a slow poison on blood vessels and nerves everywhere in the body. Heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations are the fallout for thousands of men. [1]

Call Valley Healthcare today to schedule a check-up.  Regular physicals are the easiest way to stay on top of your health.

[1] Webmd.com

[2] Heart.org

 


Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell has managed many specialty areas of healthcare including, kidney transplant, physical therapy and surgery. She combines her expertise in patient relations with her love of writing to bring awareness of health related issues. In her blog, Dreamlife Moments, she writes about mindfulness of time and recognizing more of the positive moments happening around us every day that creates a more positive life experience. Jennifer and her husband Byron are recent empty-nesters who enjoy traveling with their bichon Aissa, geocaching and volunteering wherever they go. Who is this chickie anyway? Connect with Jennifer on her Facebook PageBlog and Twitter to find out more.

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