Silent killers and tips for healthy living
Men are the heads of households and, in most cases, those who earn their living from their households. Only one who is healthy can think of what to do and how to provide for his family. That is why it is very important that men take care of their health. Health, they say, is wealth. When you are healthy, you may not know the grace that you enjoy as a human being. Today, many rich men suffer from poor health and can do everything humanly possible to live healthy. But, on the contrary, money may not buy health. Money can buy you medicine, but it cannot buy you good health. Most of the men today suffer from ailments that carelessly called out to come to them as a result of reckless living. Food is good and very necessary and essential for a healthy life, but you must eat the right kind of food and in the right proportion to stay healthy. In this article, I’m going to talk about general men’s health, silent killers, or ailments that affect men and women alike, as well as some healthy tips to help us stay healthy and enjoy our lives as men.
The Silent Killers: There are many ailments in this category that kill silently and slowly. For this article, I am going to talk briefly about hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Hypertension is always the result of high blood pressure. One is said to suffer from hypertension when he constantly has high blood pressure. A normal blood pressure should be around 120/80 (120 systolic, 80 diastolic, your doctor can explain more about this). When your blood pressure is persistently at or above 140/90, your blood pressure is high (hypertension). A mistake that many men make is to think that hypertension is only for elderly or aging people, this is incorrect, since it can happen to both young and old people. The causes of hypertension include; stress, anxiety, excessive alcohol consumption and excessive smoking. Hypertension destroys the heart, kidneys, and blood cells. It can also cause a stroke, affect vision, and can lead to premature death. The opposite of hypertension is hypotension. The latter happens when your blood pressure is low. There are not many cases of the latter, but it is always more serious than the former when it occurs.
Obesity can be caused by an excessive accumulation of body fat in the system. Obesity affects blood circulation in the system. These accumulated fats cover and block the artery that helps blood circulation in the body. Reducing the rate of blood circulation is mainly the danger of obesity. When this happens, it can lead to hypertension. There are several ways to calculate obesity, but the most widely used is the BMI (body mass index). If your BMI is between 19 and 24, one is fine. If your BMI is between 25 and 30, you are overweight. If your BMI is over 30, then you are obese. Your doctor can also help you calculate your BMI. Another popular way is by using machines that tell you exactly how overweight or not you are. We as men have to check the type of diets we do to avoid accumulating excess fats in our system that can cause obesity. This is because the more obese you are, the more likely you are to increase your medical problems. Obesity in some cases is genetic, but most of the time it is the result of poor eating habits.
Diabetes occurs when there is too much sugar in someone’s system. Common symptoms of diabetes include weight loss, dizziness, tiredness, excessive thirst, frequent urination, and blurred vision. Like the other silent killers, diabetes has some complications including; make wounds do not heal quickly, erectile dysfunction; It can also lead to a stroke in a coma and premature death.
Having identified these silent killers, how then do we avoid them and live healthy and longer?
o Go for a regular check-up: It is very essential to go for a regular check-up, especially as we get older. Check your blood pressure intermittently, blood sugar, cholesterol level, blood count, etc.
o Maintain good hygiene.
o Good diet: Mix your food. Keep in mind that different foods have different nutrients that our bodies need to grow and stay healthy. Eat a balanced and varied diet, remember that your energy needs decrease as you age. Make sure you eat a complete and balanced diet, don’t skip meals, but don’t overeat. For your breakfast, lunch and dinner be sure to combine the different food groups in your meals. We have foods that provide energy (starch and carbohydrates), protein foods (vegetable and animal protein), plant foods (green vegetables and other non-green vegetables), fruits, fats and oils. Try as much as possible to reduce your fat intake to a minimum. As much as possible, you can reduce the intake of fried foods because they contain a lot of fat. Try to have at least one type of fruit before or after each meal. The potassium in fruits helps the heart muscles work well. Fruits also contain antioxidants that protect our body from bacteria.
A healthy life is of the utmost importance to all men. I know that as a man you will like to live longer and take care of your family. In short, to stay healthy and live healthy you have to;
o Eat the right food and the right proportion.
o Choose and eat foods that contain more vegetables.
o Reduce your intake of fatty foods, as it increases the calories in your system.
o Don’t eat a lot, especially at night.
o Meat and egg are good, but as an adult you are not supposed to have more than 3 eggs in a week and no more than two pieces of meat per meal.
o Seafood contains a lot of cholesterol that accumulates fat, reduce your intake.
o Choose a diet that is moderate in sugar. Reduce your sugar intake to a minimum.
o Reduce the intake of soft drinks, ice cream, etc., these excess sugars then turn into fats.
o For your sugar needs, honey is preferable.
o Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.
o Eat a small amount of processed foods.
o Reduce your intake of alcohol and cigarettes, but it is advisable to STOP them completely.
o Avoid stress and anxiety as much as you can.
o Fruits and vegetables are very essential and should be taken daily.
o Drink enough water. Helps maintain normal blood pressure and flush toxins from your body. At least three liters of water a day are recommended.
o Exercise your body. Physical exercise helps the blood pump well.