Men's Health Week - preventable diseases
Friday 16 June 2017
Thousands of men die from preventable diseases every year. But, by getting to know the signs and reacting early, many men will survive to live a long and happy life.
Heart disease is by far the biggest killer of men worldwide. The warning signs are chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, discomfort radiating to the jaw or left arm. To help preventing heart disease stop smoking, eat healthily, take moderate exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
Lung cancer is the second biggest killer of men in Britain. More than 21,000 men die from the disease in the UK each year. The warning signs are shortness of breath, coughing up blood, persistent cough and weight loss. To prevent against lung cancer, stop smoking.
Prostate cancer is the third biggest killer of men in Britain. If affects one in 12 men. The warning signs are an increased need to urinate, a poor urine stream, blood in urine and lower back pain. In order to aid prevention, eat more fruit, eat less red meat and maintain a healthy weight.
This is the fourth biggest killer of men in the UK. The warning signs to look out for are persistent change in bowl habits, a lump in the abdomen, cramps, blood in stools and unexplained anaemia. To help prevent getting bowel cancer eat more fibre, reduce how much red meat is eaten, reduce alcohol consumption, take moderate exercise, maintain healthy weight and avoid smoking.
Suicide remains the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35. The warning signs are fatigue, a loss of interest in activities and friends, feeling unable to cope, feeling there is no point to life, disrupted sleep patterns, loss of interest in sex, loss of appetite and an increasing reliance on alcohol or drugs. The best way to prevent it is to tell family and friends about how you feel, take moderate exercise and reduce stress.