The leading cause of death for men is not a specific disease but an attitude of independence and maybe a little stubbornness. Okay a whole lot of stubbornness! The same attitude that prevents us from using a map prevents us from establishing a solid practice of ongoing health monitoring. What is somewhat disturbing is that for the most part the leading causes of early death for men are usually preventable and treatable once found. Let’s look at the leading causes of death for men.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays - from the sun and other sources like tanning beds – are the number one cause of skin cancer. Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage, and premature wrinkles. But shielding your skin with clothing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and staying in the shade can help lower your risk.
Take these steps to stay sun-safe:
Relationships impact health. According to Harvard Health Publishing social connections influence long-term health; studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer. Inversely, a lack of healthy relationships is associated with depression, later-life cognitive decline, and increased mortality.
The month of May is Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness month. It is time again to take notice of those around you who may have this genetic illness and notice the impact of this illness and see the realities of their life. The CF community also comes together to help others learn about the disease, share personal stories, and unite in the mission of finding a cure.
Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic illness that causes repeated and persistent lung infections. Over time these infections cause permanent lung damage and makes breathing difficult and shortens the usual lifespan.
I have repeatedly heard that sleep is important for many reasons, but it wasn’t until becoming a mother to newborn babies that I realized that sleep is more than important-it is precious and necessary! I am very fortunate, as I have never had difficulty falling asleep and getting a good night sleep always came easy....until the children came along! With babies comes sleep deprivation and sleep deprivation crushes the ability to function in similar ways as physical illness or extreme mental distress. Thankfully, I can only faintly remember what being sleep deprived felt like, including feeling more irritable, having less ability to concentrate and remember (Where did I leave that dirty diaper!), experiencing decreased mood and decreased ability to manage stress (and are babies ever stressful!).
You’ve probably seen people stocking up on staples - including that elusive toilet paper - to prepare for the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s even more important to stock up on trusted information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
COVID-19 is primarily a flu-like respiratory illness. Symptoms that are being described the most include fever, cough and shortness of breath. We’re finding that they typically occur anywhere between 2 days to 14 days after exposure. However, as the virus continues to evolve, we are also beginning to see patients that are presenting without respiratory symptoms including GI symptoms such as nausea vomiting, diarrhea and now even symptoms including abnormal taste and lack of smell.
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined. But there is good news: the number of deaths from colorectal cancer has been dropping in both men and women for several decades. One reason, researchers say, is the use of screening colonoscopies to remove colorectal polyps before they develop into cancers, or find cancers earlier when the disease is easier to treat. Another factor is that treatment for colorectal cancer has improved. In fact, there are now more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs) are a diverse group of products containing a heating element that produces an aerosol from a liquid via a mouthpiece. E-cigs are also known as electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDs), vapes, vape pens, mods, tanks, and the newest term…Juul (pronounced “jewel”). Because e-cig users are inhaling a vapor and not smoke, they often refer to the act as “vaping” or “Juuling” to distinguish themselves from tobacco cigarette users.