Did you think your youthful chiseled six-pack guaranteed you perfect health for life? Unfortunately according to a study in the American Sociological Review it doesn’t.  In fact men’s health.  statistics in individuals born after 1980 indicate there is an increase in health disparities compared to other generations.  This study indicates “the top threats to men’s health aren’t secrets.  They are known, common and preventable”.  According to various statistical resources the biggest threats to men’s health are heart disease, depression, accidents, de-conditioning,  erectile dysfunction, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and  suicide.

What is Health?

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) it is: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease, pain or infirmity”.  Stress is what breaks down your body at an accelerated rate, not your age.  The diagnosis of disease, pain or infirmity is not “early detection” but rather a late stage expression of a general “loss of health”.  A key strategy to improving men’s health is the prevention of illness and injury. Understanding some key triggers in your age range, can help you keep or revive your edge….for life.

Men’s Health in your Roaring 20’s

This is a time when life is unleashed.  Statistics show that this is an age range linked with poor nutrient intake, increased chemical stress and exposure to physical injuries relating to activity and labor intensive work.  Its a burning the candle at both ends by choice time in life.

Being 30 Something

This time of life involves raising a family, increase in income, career responsibility, home ownership, divorce.  Weight gain, emotional stress, physical neglect can be associated with this age range.  52% of men age 30-49 are considered sedentary.  According to the Cleveland Clinic,  men in this age rages are at greater risk for developing herniated discs.  (1/3 show sings of herniated discs).  A time when gray hair or no hair becomes a reality.

40-and Over the Hill

Where is the spring chicken?  This era is associated with slow down symptoms.  Decreases can be noted in energy, sexual drive, brain function, ability to sleep, and stress management.  Hormonal changes can occur, slowed metabolism, decreased activity, decreased flexibility, and physical limitations and stiffness.  Feeling old is a state of mind, rather than an actual age.

Nifty Fifty’s-The Visible Decline of Men’s Health

Out of no where (not really, as chronic disease can develop as a result of health decline in your 30’s and 40’s) ) you are diagnosed with a chronic disease. (High blood pressure, heart disease, acid reflux, thyroid issues, diabetes, prostate issues, bi-polar, degenerative disc disease, arthritis).  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US and men in their 50’s carry the highest risk.

Baby Booming 60’s

Your key to vitality is staying mentally and physically active, a re-birth of the idea that you should use it or you will lose it. (A concept that would better serve you in your 60’s when established in your 30’s).  Preserving immunity, your senses, strength and bone health are front of mind.  Sleep is less satisfying, and interruptions day and night can occur relating to your plumbing.

Men’s Health in The Golden Years of 70’s,80’s, 90’s…..

Perhaps you’ve had a surgery or 2, or a pill box full of prescription medication to manage your symptoms.  There is a trend to believe ” your golden years are not so golden (but they could be)”.  Balance and coordination are a concern.  Social connections is a concern.  You may be dealing with a loss of a life partner, or dealing with issues your children are weathering.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO); The number of people living with preventable chronic diseases for decades is increasing worldwide.  The new definition the World Health Organization (WHO) is wanting to use to define health is: the ability for your body to adapt in the face of social, physical and emotional challenges, which is key for women and men’s health. Early detection of your body being overwhelmed by stress loads and creating sluggish adaptability is the key role your Family Chiropractor plays in your health care team.  How you handle your health needs in your 30’s and 40’s (when you are in the preventable ranges) has a dramatic impact on your adaptability and function when you are 50 and beyond.  Men’s health depends on early intervention and an ounce of prevention attitude….waiting for a pound of cure in your 50’s does not always turn out. 

Men’s Health -Take Action Now…So You Know Where You Stand

Take this simple  2minute Health Quiz. (Scroll down to the bottom of our HOME page).    You may also request an appointment online Click here.   In Bozeman, Dr. Kimberly Maxwell at Abundant Health Family Chiropractic is THE go-to resource for the health and wellbeing of your entire family, starting with prenatal care!  Being 20 years in practice, you can trust her expertise and experience in serving you and your family, keeping you healthy, well, and wise.

 

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