Most people know that smoking causes lung cancer, respiratory problems and heart disease. The link between excessive alcohol consumption and liver disease is also generally appreciated. However, probably one of the greatest challenges facing modern medicine is the dramatic rise in obesity.
Obesity not only puts a greater strain on your body in general, but it is primarily the cause of type II diabetes which in itself is a leading, preventable cause of heart disease, strokes, and kidney failure. It is also becoming apparent that obesity is linked to numerous cancers including those of the breast and bowel.
Whether you are a man or a woman, some simple lifestyle changes can significantly increase your chances of continuing to live a healthy life:
- Stop smoking
- Only drink within sensible limits
- Have a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight
- Take regular exercise
Guernsey is a fantastic place to start implementing healthy living and there are a number of resources to help you. Just taking a regular walk can make a big difference and getting the whole family involved can make it far more enjoyable. Geocaching is an international treasure hunt using smart phones, and there are hundreds of walks alone within the Bailiwick.
There are a number of health concerns that are specific to Men’s Health. Men are notorious for not going to the doctor but there are some symptoms that you must not ignore.
Testicular cancer is the commonest cancer in men aged 20 – 35. Whilst most lumps are probably nothing serious, if you find a lump you must get it checked urgently with your doctor. More information on testicular lumps.
As men get older their prostate gland begins to enlarge. This can press on the bladder causing problems passing urine. However, this can also be the first sign of prostate cancer, which is the commonest cancer in men in the UK. More information on prostate health.
Most men will experience erection problems at sometime. However this can also be a sign of a more serious underlying medical problem, such as diabetes or heart disease. More information on erectile dysfunction.
The following doctors have an interest in Men’s Health: