June is being celebrated as Men’s Health month to raise awareness about various ailments and diseases that are prevalent among men but that don’t get talked about much.
Lifestyle and dietary changes are affecting men as much as they affect women. Add stress to the mix and even the most fit person cannot escape the toll it takes on their health!
Up your awareness on ailments that affect men – risk of heart disease and stroke, lung and prostate cancer, depression and suicide, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and alcohol abuse, etc. We’ve included tips on foods to include and avoid, lifestyle changes to incorporate as well as natural remedies to bounce back to good health.
The top 7 health concerns for men are – risk of heart disease and stroke, lung and prostate cancer, depression and suicide, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and alcohol abuse. There are no surprises on this list because they are so common and rampant considering the lifestyle and stress that men (and to an extent women) go through in today’s hectic fast paced lives. Here are some healthy tips to help you address the aforementioned issues.
Recent research shows the presence of inflammatory bacteria in the semen of infertile men, which is a sign of microbiomes. Although microbiomes are naturally present in the body, they have been noted to cause infertility in women in the recent past. Consume yogurt or kefir and avoid smoking and stress to avoid microbiomes from affecting fertility.
Pesticides are endocrine disruptors, they inhibit the production of sperm cells, wreck sperm health and sperm production. Men who ate pesticide loaded fruits and vegetables had an average 5.1% of morphologically normal sperm while those who consumed lesser pesticide loaded food had a 7.5% of morphologically normal sperm count.
According to research, the fertilization rate for IVF without ICSI was 28 percent higher among men who ate the least amount of processed meat (sausage, bacon, canned meat) than regular poultry eaters. However, it might not be the meat that is the problem here, but the dietary choices that men who eat bacon make that may overall increase fertility outcomes.
Erectile dysfunction has been linked with obesity, stress, inadequate physical activity, tobacco and alcohol consumption. Consume Ashwagandha and Gokshura regularly, they can increase testosterone, libido and sperm count. Include black gram, wheat, ghee, honey and milk mixed with date syrup to your daily diet.
The anatomy and physiology of the male genitourinary tract favors them to pee while standing. However, there are currently around 1/3 of men who choose to pee sitting down. Men choosing the sitting posture while urinating might be better for public health as it may prevent the spread of disease. Though urine is sterile as it comes out, but it can be an excellent growth medium for bacteria. Sitting down while passing the urine would definitely be more hygienic.
Some men in their late forties to early fifties experience a reduction in libido (sex drive), erectile dysfunction, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, fatigue, depression and other emotional symptoms, collectively known as andropause. It is linked to decrease in testosterone. Unlike women, this transition may be much more gradual and expand over many decades.
We know what women experience as they age. At about age 45 or older a woman starts menopause. But men are also vulnerable to changes later in life, and often what men experience, mirrors what women go through, except for the woman’s monthly cycle. When a man reaches about 50 years of age, he will start to see changes in his body as well as emotionally. What a man goes through is called, Andropause.
Simple daily exercises like walking and jogging (20-30 mins) can boost muscle mass and strength. Avoid alcohol and processed foods. Add zinc-rich oysters and Vit B6 rich avocados to your diet to boost testosterone levels. Ginger tea is a good home remedy for treating joint pains during andropause. Keep stress levels low as it imbalances testosterone levels.