It’s National Men’s Health Week

Stay Healthy!

The week of June 11 is National Men’s Health Week in the U.S. so it seems appropriate for a site focused on men to mention it.

According to the Mayo Clinic the top threats to men’s health include:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Accidents
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases (such as bronchitis and emphysema)
  5. Stroke
  6. Type 2 diabetes
  7. Suicide

What can you do to reduce your risk of these threats?

  1. Get your blood pressure checked regularly.
  2. Get a prostate exam regularly
  3. Get a blood glucose test regularly
  4. If you’re over 50, get a colonoscopy (HERE is an article about my first one)
  5. Don’t smoke
  6. Maintain a healthy diet
  7. Maintain a healthy weight
  8. Limit alcohol


Stay aware of your health and you’ll enjoy shaving for many more years!

Mark H Mark H (517 Posts)

also known as "Mantic59." Shave tutor and sharpologist.


Comments

  1. Ghey Mann says:

    Ghey-est picture ever.

  2. Cpt. Obv says:

    While we’re on point, remember to eat cruciferous vegetables before or after shaving. Also, people have died from drinking too much water, but no one has ever died from applying too much lather.

  3. Another important thing for men is if you snore, or suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, ask your doctor about getting screened for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can contribute to 3 of the top threats listed above.

  4. You missed a HUGE one, in my humble opinion. Exercise and muscle training is very important for better health. I can not even begin to describe how much better I feel since deciding to hit the gym 4-5 times a week.

  5. a british insurance company did a study that shows that a small amount of alcohol on a regualr basis can extend life as to people who don’t drink or are an alcoholic. Also another American company I read found out that 1 glass of alcohol can keep you more alert at night when driving then coffee. But that won’t make the papers because of “Mothers against drunk drivers”.

  6. Dr. K makes a good point about dispensing medical advice. My vote is to keep this weblog focused exclusively on shaving related items.

  7. I would agree with most of those recommendations. I think it’s important to add a recommendation for regular exercise to this. A few other notes:

    1. “Limit alcohol” could be misinterpreted. Moderate alcohol intake, especially red wine drinking, can be very beneficial to health. 1-2 glasses of red wine a day for men can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It can also do a lot for your mental health, so this could be rephrased (e.g., “avoid excessive alcohol intake”).

    2. Recommending regular prostate exams is very controversial. Obviously, if you have a family member who suffered or died from an aggressive prostate cancer at a young age, you would be inclined to get yourself checked regularly. But as a universal recommendation, the data does not presently support regular prostate cancer screening. Screening often picks up very early cancers that may be of little or no clinical significance. Many men die with prostate cancer but not from prostate cancer. 25% or more of men will have foci of previously undiagnosed prostate cancer at autopsy after death from other causes. Detection and treatment of insignificant low grade prostate cancer can actually create more problems than it solves, including erectile dysfunction and incontinence. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviews the evidence thoroughly and presently recommends AGAINST screening for prostate cancer in men under the age of 75 (link below).

    http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsprca.htm

    3. Blood glucose screening is also not a universal, evidence-based recommendation if you have normal blood pressure.

    http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsprca.htm

    Your intentions are very good, but you have to be careful dispensing medical advice without the proper background or supporting data!

    • The blood glucose screening link is wrong in the above comment, it should be:

      http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf08/type2/type2rs.htm

    • Mark H mantic59 says:

      OK, instead of saying “get a prostate exam” I should just say “get regular cancer screenings?”

      • That wouldn’t be any better, as the evidence at present does not support any screening for prostate cancer. More from the USPSTF:

        “In October 2011, the USPSTF posted for public comment the draft of its recommendation regarding prostate cancer screening. Since then, Task Force members have read the many comments received and reviewed the most up-to-date evidence.
        Based on this work, the Task Force concludes that many men are harmed as a result of prostate cancer screening and few, if any, benefit.

        “A better test and better treatment options are needed. Until these are available, the USPSTF has recommended against screening for prostate cancer.

        “The members of the USPSTF face the same concerns and fears about health challenges as other people. This decision was reached only after extensive consideration and thoughtful debate. It is based on science and rooted in the knowledge that while everyone wants to help prevent deaths from prostate cancer, current methods of PSA screening and treatment of screen-detected cancer are not the answer.

        “The mission of the USPSTF is to improve the health of all Americans by sharing with them evidence-based recommendations, and empowering them and the clinicians who serve them to make informed decisions.”

        Even your recommendation for a colonoscopy could be rephrased. The recommendation is for some sort of colorectal cancer screening in adults aged 50-75, but various screening methods are available, including fecal occult blood testing, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and CT colonography. Colonoscopy may be a more accurate test than the first two, but it is also riskier, so again to make a general recommendation for one over the other doesn’t fully address the harms and benefits of each option.

        But other than colorectal cancer screening, there is no other cancer in men for which there is evidence to support routine screening. There are lots of bad cancers that you wouldn’t want to have, but for screening to be appropriate it has to be safe, effective, and do more good than harm. Unfortunately many of the available tests and subsequent treatments don’t meet those criteria.

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