Men’s Health: Why is it Such a Secret?

What does the word health mean to you? To many it means being healthy sexually, emotionally, physically etc., but to some that word has no affect to them. As college students, many individuals go through many troubling issues and they are being challenged to remove themselves from their own comfort zone.

Many students have to work two jobs while taking on a full load of classes. Some students are dealing with relationship problems and social problems. All these issues can lead to health problems and it’s important to understand what your body is going through and how to get help when it is needed.

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We all know men do not like to talk about their own issues to others. That’s a generalized statement, but it may be true. Many do not like to show their weaknesses or they try to prove that they can do whatever they want without having to get help. According to an article published by Mary Brophy Marcus, only a whopping 7% of men talk about their health issues with others (CBS 2016). That can become a problem, especially for those that attend college and deal with many health issues that arise.

Why do men not talk about their health issues as much as women do? Why is this a problem? Men are taught to act tough at such a young age, to be brave, to not have emotions because it would consider them to be less manly or “feminine.” It may be a problem because if one does not share or act fast on any health issue, it could become worse or it could be too late.   Continue reading

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How to Keep your Heart Healthy

In this article I will discuss what defines a healthy heart and how to keep it healthy. Firstly, we need to know what a healthy heart is. One way to determine whether our hearts are healthy is to measure the heart rate. For children and adults from 10 years and up a healthy heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute. For an athlete the healthy heart rate is 40-60 beats per minute.

h_exerciseBlood pressure is also a way to measure our hearts health. An adult should have less than 120/80mm Hg (120 systolic and 80 diastolic) blood pressure. The systolic pressure measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats and the diastolic measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats.

There are different ways to keep a healthy heart. One important aspect is exercise. You don’t need to be Usain Bolt, the important thing is that you get into the gym and get a good workout in. The doorstep is often the biggest step to a healthier heart. Getting into a good rhythm when it comes to going to the gym is very important. It is all about being consistent and getting a habit of exercising.

Everything helps. That leads to my next point, stay active throughout the day. If you have some extra time do some push ups or squats. Just getting the heart rate up is healthy is good for you. Here is a good article about how to start and keep an active lifestyle: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/exercise-fitness/easy-ways-to-start-exercising.htm

The third tip to keep a heart healthy is very important. Diet. Try and limit the amount of processed food. Put the kitchen to use and start making food from scratch, it is fun and the reward is worth it. Limit your sugar intake, and instead eat fruits and nuts. Clean meat, vegetables, whole grains and unrefined carbs are what your body needs. Here are some healthy food recipes : http://damndelicious.net/2014/12/16/15-quick-and-easy-healthy-recipes/.

Try and get into a healthy habit of eating cleaner. 🙂

Written by Peer Educator – Magne Wallacher 

 

Testicular Cancer

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In honor of Men’s Health Week we wanted to discuss a topic that is quite common but not many knowing the details surrounding it: Testicular Cancer. It is the most common cancer amongst men in ages that vary between 15-35 years.

Testicular cancer starts within the testicles and if not treated on time or effectively it can spread around the body. Many are unaware that there are two forms of testicular cancer; Seminomas (common in men ages 30-40) and the most common Nonseminomas. There isn’t a direct link to any one cause of testicular cancer but there are some cases that make a male more susceptible to having it. They are:

  • abnormal testicle development
  • familial history of testicular cancer
  •  undescended testicles
  • and/or Klinefelter’s Syndrome (condition in which human males have an extra X chromosome). Continue reading