Mens’ Health Concerns 2018

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Exercise Slows the Aging Process

Physically fit people have healthier, more resilient genes. Exercise preserves gene structures called telomeres, which form the ends of DNA strands and hold them together.Over time, the telomeres shorten, reducing their effectiveness which triggers illness and death. Exercise prevents telomere shortening. A study showed that people who exercised more had longer telomeres, The relationship was strongest during middle aged people (40-64), which suggests that this is a critical time for remaining active. Exercise helps men’s health overall if done properly. Other studies have found that overtraining shortens telomere length, so balance is the key.

Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Decrease In The U.S.

In May 2016, the United States Preventive Task Force – a panel of medical experts appointed and funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services – recommended against prostate – specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer. Most cases of prostate cancer have a good prognosis, even with out treatment. Prior to 2012, widespread screening resulted in over diagnosis of prostate cancer by 17 to 50 percent. Prostate cancer is a top men’s health issue. Early treatment often resulted in erectile dysfunction, anxiety about cancer, infection and urinary problems. Even though 12 percent of men will get prostate cancer, most will die from something else. The decrease in prostate cancer diagnoses represents improvements in prostate cancer management in the United States.

Men Concerned About Body Image

Seventy-five percent of women don’t like the way they look in the nude. That’s true even among women with terrific bodies. Consequently, sixty-five percent have behavioral issues regarding food intake and 10 percent have eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Men of the “selfie generation” are also concerned about body image. The popularity of superheroes has given modern men inferiority complexes because Superman and Batman don’t have potbellies. The modern males obsession with body image has led to previously rare psychological problems such as depression and muscle dimorphism. (obsessed with building muscle mass).

While eating disorders are rare in men, millennials are resorting to anabolic steroids, plastic surgery and makeup to make them feel better about themselves. The modern emphasis on gender equity has caused many modern young men to question their masculinity. Most women have no trouble talking about their insecurities, but men tend to hide them. Feelings of physical inadequacy are new psychological challenges in modern men.

Weight Training Prevents Brain Deterioration

Weight training reduced the incidence of brain injuries (white matter lesions) in older women- men's-healthaccording to a study. Exercise is the new ” brain food” Even moderate physical activity can improve brain health and function, and may delay the declined in cognitive function that occurs in many people as they age. Exercise improves the brain’s ability to learn, remember, think and reason.  It promotes the creation of new nerve cells throughout the nervous system and enhances the nervous system’s plasticity- its ability to change and adapt. Exercise protects the brain as people age, helping to delay or prevent brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise is the true Fountain of Youth.