Simple Tips To Help Men Tackle Their Worst Health Enemies
heart disease and cancer are the three worst enemies to men's health,
say nutrition and wellness experts at Amway Nutrilite®; however,
you're not completely helpless in preventing them.
More than a
third of American men die of heart disease, caused by a build-up of
plaque on the inner walls of arteries. Obesity, meanwhile, is
associated with high levels of LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, and low HDL,
the "good" cholesterol, as well as high blood pressure and diabetes.
is expected to strike 630,000 American men this year alone. Lung cancer
causes the bulk of cancer deaths (41 percent), while prostate and colon
cancer cause 13 percent of cancer deaths in men. Approximately 80
percent of cancer cases are related to diet, smoking, drinking and
Many of the
causes of obesity, heart disease and cancer are things you can control
by simple choices you make every day, Amway noted. For example, its
nutrition and wellness experts, say:
Be sure to eat fruit and vegetables.
The National Cancer Institute recommends that adults eat five to nine
servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Research shows that people
who eat the most fruits and vegetables have the lowest cancer rates.
Balance your calories.
At least 55 percent of the calories you consume should come from
carbohydrates. If one-quarter of your plate is covered by meat, fish,
chicken or beans, and the other three-quarters is covered by fruits,
vegetables and grains, your plate is well balanced. Also, a high-fiber
diet may help reduce your risk of colon and prostate cancer.
Cut the fat.
To reduce your risk of prostate cancer and heart disease, cut back on
fried foods, margarine and butter. Drink 2 percent or skim milk. No
more than 30 percent of your total calories should come from fat, and
less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Following these guidelines can
help keep your weight in line, in addition to reducing your risk of
prostate cancer and heart disease. You can use food package labels and
guide books to find the fat content of foods to help count fat grams.
Eat less red meat.
One study showed that men who ate red meat frequently were more than
twice as likely to get prostate cancer than those who ate it less than
once a month. Red meat also is high in saturated fats.
Be sure to get B vitamins.
Good sources of B vitamins are spinach, broccoli, green beans, orange
juice and mushrooms, although vitamin B12 is only available in
Get more exercise.
Exercise helps prevent heart disease, obesity and some cancers. The
best choices are aerobic activities like running, brisk walking,
swimming and biking. Strength training also is important. And, you'll
feel better too! Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any
See your doctor.
In addition to helping you devise an exercise program and diet that's
suited to your needs, your physician can check your blood pressure and
cholesterol levels, among other things. Regular physical exams can help
with early detection of health problems, especially lung, prostate and