Our bodies suffer through illnesses and accidents, some are unavoidable. Taking care of your body also includes scheduled maintenance and screening examinations to detect illnesses at an early stage, which increases the potential for cure and a return to health as discussed in one of our articles Regular Checkup. A healthy lifestyle is not just an absence of disease, but an opportunity to enjoy the years of life available to each person and learning to listen to the body’s warning signs and symptoms is the same as paying attention to check the engine light in your car, neither should be ignored but it’s not compulsory for things to get to this stage, so book an appointment today.
First of all most of the common diseases that affect men are potentially preventable, but one needs to know their enemy. Interestingly, the presence of some diseases increases the likelihood that another can manifest. In this article, we would only talk about the first health threat highlighting the rest which would be discussed in subsequent articles. You don’t want to miss out on the others which is why we’d love you to join our community, click here to subscribe for our newsletter to get notified on wellness articles, offers, and updates on our services; it takes less than 2 minutes to fill out, don’t worry I’ll wait…
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According to the Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C), the following are the top disease that kills men are:
Heart/Cardiovascular disease is the fifth killer of both men and women in Nigeria. According to other statistical sources; men usually develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than women, and men are more likely to die of it in the prime of life. (American Heart Association) and about a quarter of all heart-disease-related deaths occur in men ages 35 to 65. (CDC).
The heart is like any other muscle and part of the body requiring blood to supply oxygen and nutrients other than that it is one of the most important organs in the human body. The heart’s needs are provided by the coronary arteries, which starts at the base of the aorta, spreading across the surface of the heart.
However, the coronary arteries are at risk for narrowing as a result of Atherosclerosis which refers to the buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on your artery walls causing deposits known as called plaques, which build up inside the artery. If the arteries narrow enough, optimum blood flow to the heart muscle may be slowed down, restricted, or the plaque can burst, triggering a blood clot. The slowing of blood flow to the heart causes Angina (pain/discomfort in the chest), Coronary artery disease and if left unattended can lead to irregular breathing and heartbeat rhythm, Stroke, Myocardial infarction (in case of the blood clot), sudden cardiac arrest, peripheral vascular disease and ultimately death.
General symptoms range from chest pressure and pain down the arm, back and to the jaw in some cases, shortness of breath, sweating, indigestion, nausea, and decreased ability to do routine activities.
Heart disease risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and family history. Family history can’t be controlled but other factors can make the risks minimized and properly managed.
A healthy diet does all the magic (well, most of it). Eating fresh, whole foods such as Fruits & Vegetables, Whole grains, Beans, Fish, Lean beef while avoiding frying, Low fat or fat-free dairy products without added sugar, Avocados, Good oil (Canola, safflower, etc). These food substances are low in fat, low in cholesterol, low in sodium, and high in fibre. They make a huge difference in lowering the risk of you getting a heart disease.
Staying fit and working out is another secret weapon in preventing heart disease, so what kind of workout is best for your heart? You guessed right, aerobics, a 30-minute walk or a 15 minutes jog a day can just do the trick till your body adapts to it whilst doing your heart so much good. However, for someone with an underlying heart condition or disease, aerobics, if done wrongly, can lead to exhaustion and unprecedented complications, kindly consult with a doctor or you could just book an appointment with one of our professionals to get you a workout plan tailored just for you.
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