Why is Men’s Health Important?
By The Headlines, January 3, 2023 | 07:12 PM
Living a healthy lifestyle is essential to maintaining good physical and mental health. In addition, it's important to not neglect oneself on the inside and out. Men often overlook their well-being, but doing so can severely impact themselves and those around them.
Sometimes the consequences are serious and other times the effects of not taking care of oneself lead to feeling bad—or imperfect—on a daily basis.
Men’s life expectancy rates are lower than those of women. Due to the advancement in the medical field, this gap is shrinking.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to each person's level of health, but statistics show that having high levels of smoking and alcohol consumption is correlated to the age expectancy rate for men.
Men's Health Facts That Everyone Should Know
- BMI of 20 on an average
- Physical Activity to Improve Health
- Healthy Blood Pressure of 120/80
- 5 Portions of Fruits and Vegetables a Day
- Limit Alcohol consumption
- 21% of men die because of Smoking
- Diabetes & Heart Disease
BMI of 20 on an average
BMI (body mass index) is a key sign of overall health. The guidelines recommend that all adults keep their BMI between 18 and 24.9. This range is considered a healthy range. A BMI of 25 and over identifies that you are overweight; however, a BMI over 30 is considered obese.
A healthy range of 20 will help avoid diseases like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
You can find your BMI online and use a calculator.
Though a high body mass index (BMI) isn't necessarily indicative of health complications, many healthcare providers will still perform more tests in order to review your diet and make sure you're getting enough exercise.
Physical Activity to Improve Health
Physical exercise is the performance of some activity in order to develop or maintain physical fitness and overall health. It is essential for overall well-being. Popular ways to be active include walking, cycling, swimming, and doing sports. These activities should be done at any level of skill and can be played for fun by anybody.
However, for men both moderate and vigorous-intensity physical activity improves health.
As per WHO, physical activity should range from at least 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity.
Healthy Blood Pressure of 120/80
Blood pressure is the amount of pressure the flow of blood creates against the walls of your artery. The arteries move blood from your heart to other parts of your body. A normal blood pressure level for an adult is 120/80 mmHg or less.
Blood pressure changes according to your activities, which is why the blood pressure value may change. But if the measure consistently has high readings, you may be diagnosed with High Blood Pressure or hypertension.
This is a common problem seen in men. Hypertension led to other health problems, such as heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
5 Portions of Fruits and Vegetables a Day
Your ideal number is 5. There are five food groups in the diet, each containing very different types of foods.
- Fruit and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals, and complex carbohydrates for maximum energy
- Starchy foods like bread, potatoes, and pasta with simple carbohydrates offer limited bursts of energy
- Protein-rich meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and beans for bone health
- Milk and dairy products. The lower the bad (saturated) fats in this group, the better
- Fats and sugars offer little dietary value
Limit Alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption is associated with a variety of short and long-term health risks, including motor vehicle crashes, violence, sexual risk behaviours, high blood pressure, and various cancers.
To reduce the risk of alcohol-related harms, doctors recommend that adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink, or to drink in moderation by limiting intake to 2 drinks or less in a day for men or 1 drink or less in a day for women, on days when alcohol is consumed.
21% of men die because of Smoking
Statistics Canada demonstrates the shocking statistics of how many Canadian men die because of smoking. The toxins found in tobacco products are arsenic, cyanide, formaldehyde and benzene, while carbon monoxide dramatically reduces oxygen levels and causes chronic health issues.
Quitting smoking has the below benefits
- You’ll smell better!
- Fitness and stamina will improve
- Improved sense of smell and taste
- You’ll save more money. Smoking is expensive.
- Improves your sex life. Smoking reduces blood flow which often causes erectile issues and damages your sperm.
Diabetes & Heart Disease
Diabetes and heart disease often go hand in hand. It’s the leading cause of death for men. Those with diabetes also have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke - at a younger age. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely this is to happen.
You can lower your risk for heart disease with lifestyle changes that are mentioned below.
5 Ways to Improve your Men’s Health
- Carryout a regular full body checkup
- Improve your Diet
- Reduce Alcohol Intake
- Spend more time outdoors
Carryout a regular full body checkup
Getting a check-up regularly is also important if you want to maintain your own health. This will give doctors a chance to detect any pre-existing conditions or diseases early on and help you get the right treatment. By getting the correct healthcare services, you are giving yourself the best chance to live a longer healthier life.
Improve your Diet
Eating healthily is essential for good nutrition and general well-being.
Eating a diverse range of foods and watching your salt intake is really important if you want to live a healthier life. This will protect you from chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Along with this, you need to include an adequate amount of Fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, proteins, fats and dairy products. Consult a nutritionist for more information.
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active improves your brain health and weight management. It prevents disease and strengthens bones and muscles. It is also helpful in your general ability to function.
Adult men who do more moderate-to-vigorous physical activity gain health benefits.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
Drinking less reduces your risk of health. Consuming less than the recommended weekly low-risk alcohol guidelines has long-term benefits.
The benefits can include reducing the risk from
- High blood pressure and strokes
- Depression and anxiety
- Various types of cancer
- Liver disease
Spend more time outdoors
Spending just 20 minutes outside has been shown to improve mental and physical health
It has many benefits like it lowers your blood pressure, helping you feel relaxed and reducing your stress levels. Even just staying outside for a few minutes a day is good for you!