Men are more at risk from health problems because generally they smoke and drink more than women and they do not look after themselves as much as women do. It is an often reported fact in the health profession that men tend to worry about their health but do not seek advice or talk about their concerns with their family. Many men are more inclined to hope their health will improve by some kind of magic than seek the help of a doctor or health professional. They may subconsciously feel that any illness shows weakness and are unable to discuss the feelings of fear that often surrounds poor health. Unfortunately this neglect can result in far more serious problems. I decided to specialise in men’s health issues for these reasons.
My male Clients tend to come for a Nutritional Consultation because they want to lose a few pounds, they have a lack of energy or because they recognise they are not eating the right foods and want advice on changing their diet. During the initial consultation other health issues often come to light, below I list the two most common:
The prostate is a walnut-size gland surrounding the urethra at the neck of the bladder, which becomes enlarged as part of the aging process. This enlargement often causes problems with urination; a lack of flow, retention, or increased frequency of urination usually during the night, or worse bed-wetting. Enlarged prostate does not mean that you have prostate cancer (benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is common.) However men often fear they have prostate cancer when they experience these symptoms.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men although mainly associated with aging; lung cancer being the first. Over 92% of deaths from prostate cancer occur in men aged 65 and over. Although it is relatively common prostate cancer is slow growing and has been declining in recent years probably because of better screening and earlier diagnosis. If you have any concerns you should ask your doctor for a PSA test. This is a blood test that detects raised levels of a protein called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and is an excellent screening test for prostate cancer so if you have any worries please go and get is checked out.
To help with enlarged prostate I recommend a powerful antioxidant (Zambroza). Antioxidants are essential for the whole body to enjoy complete health, also a zinc supplement. Increase your consumption of grapefruit, watermelon, and tomatoes and tomato products such as tomato juice and tomato-based sauces. These contain lycopene, which has been shown to protect against prostate cancer. Also pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, cherries, blueberries and all fresh fruit and vegetables help to protect us from cancer.
Avoid too much alcohol and caffeine and drink plenty of water at least 6 to 8 glasses each day, never let yourself become dehydrated.
Most diseases of the cardiovascular system are associated with too high an intake of saturated and hydrogenated fats, which attach to the walls of blood vessels and form fatty plaques which constrict the flow of blood. Cholesterol tests would show high levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol). A diet with excess sugar and refined carbohydrates can also create plaques, because they convert excess sugar to fat. High levels of refined carbohydrates also raise blood triglyceride levels and increase platelet adhesiveness. In addition the clotting time of the blood may be reduced, leading to a higher risk of blood clots forming and blocking blood vessels completely.
Family history of heart disease should be a warning that you may have a predisposition to high cholesterol levels and the associated health risk. Go to your doctor and ask for a cholesterol blood test.
A change in diet and lifestyle can help enormously with this disease. A mainly vegetarian diet, which should include at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, wholemeal cereals, particularly oats, wholegrain pasta, rice and pulses are excellent. If you do eat meat go for chicken with the skin removed, wild duck, and pheasants are also low in fat. Oily fish are good and provide the essential fatty acids we need so eat organic salmon, tuna and mackerel. Avoid saturated fat found in fatty meats, cream, butter, whole fat milk, full-fat cheeses, coconut, and chocolate.
Finally it is important to exercise; a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1998 indicated that those who exercised reduced their LDL cholesterol levels between 15% and 20% in one year. I highly recommend that you get that body moving and reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. Thirty to forty minutes walking at least 5 times each week will greatly improve your overall health.
Holistic Nutritionist BSc