Mens Health and Fitness
Today’s male may not readily conceptualize mens health and fitness. In a health care system that focuses more on the ‘sick model’, men tend to shy away from simply going for regular check-ups to their family doctor. This is because they may feel that going to the doctor has more to do with when you are feeling ill. This may also have to do with male pride.
When it comes to race, there is even more of a disparity in terms of who seeks medical care, blacks and Hispanics being less likely to have access to medical care. A number of factors may account for this in addition to some historic facts that have affected the perception of the African American male toward health care but that is outside the scope on the content of this website.
Be all that as it may, today, both genders live much longer than they did in 1950s for instance where, on average, the life expectancy was age 62.Today, men on average are expected to live to 78 and women to 83. Yet apart from prostate or ovarian cancers and other gender-specific conditions, all of the main killers of men and women in the modern world are the same: heart disease; stroke; lung cancer; suicide ; depression; other cancers; diabetes; influenza and pneumonia; kidney and liver diseases; and accidents. And men are more likely to die from every single one of these killers than women are.
Here are some vital stats:
|-Men are still 120% more likely to smoke than women are.
-Men are 400% more likely to commit suicide than women are, even though women are roughly twice as likely to get clinically depressed. Men typically show signs of depression in starkly contrasting ways to how women do. Depression as a disease is stigmatized in our society and so men may struggle to suppress the effects of the symptoms and sometimes even resort to substance abuse as a way of modulating them. Society must change this attitude.
Men must become more proactive when taking care of themselves and staying informed about mens health and fitness. Annual health maintenance checkups are as important as diet and exercise. When speaking with my male patients, I often encourage them to look at their bodies as they would their ‘dream car’.
Imagine that Mercedes Benz CL 500 in your driveway. In order to keep that car in top condition it will require a schedule of regular maintenance. More than likely if you do not adhere to that schedule then the car may not perform as optimally as it should or worse still the warranty may be voided and then you may be faced with some very high maintenance and repair costs!
Think about your body as having the same need for regular maintenance. And yes, if you do not maintain your body regularly then it too may subject you to some very expensive repair costs called ‘disease and illness’.
Annual Exams should begin as early as the late teens to early 20s. With each decade of life the recommended testings during an annual examination change. Meet with your your primary care physician and have him/her outline what screenings that you need with each decade of life.
For more information about mens health and fitness, I found the Centers for Disease Control provided some easy to comprehend information in a non-threatening format.
|You can also go to my online medical advice page by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.|
Another very important facet of mens health and fitness is psychological and spiritual health. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, on the surface looks ‘successful’ and yet beneath there is a void or lack of a connection with the greater humanity?
Have you ever noticed that majority of successful people are able to identify with a higher purpose than themselves? In fact the more that you strive to make the lives of other better, the more rewards you reap. This is an example of the ‘Law of Attraction’.
For more on this principle and how you can bring more abundance and prosperity to your life while enriching the lives of others Click on link below
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