Once they make it into adulthood, boys are more likely to suffer from circulatory disorders (including the biggest killer, heart disease), diabetes and alcoholism, ulcers and lung cancer. Male infertility rates are on the increase too.
Why is this?
One of the problems is testosterone. While helping out in many areas, it also has some drawbacks, including raising cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and lowering immune function.
Luckily there is an upside to all this and many simple ways to reduce the risk of having these problems…
One in four men will have a heart attack before they retire, and one in three will eventually die from a heart attack or stroke, so this is a good area to start working on:
- Exercise will cut the risk of heart disease by half.
- Diet is also important; avoid saturated fat and refined sugar.
- Vitamin E can keep your artery walls flexible
- CoQ10 can improve energy production in the heart
- Magnesium can feed the heart muscles
Stress affects most people, but men often lack the safety mechanisms that women have – the ability to vent to their friends, or cry their eyes out and feel better afterwards. Stress often interferes with sleep, which is vital for allowing the body time to heal and restore and also for processing the events of the day – good therefore for mental/emotional health.
- Magnesium to calm the nervous system and relax muscles
- Vitamin B to strengthen the nervous system against stress, both physical and emotional
- Passion Flower and Avenaforce® are wonderful calming remedies that can be taken long term or short term to help reduce the effects of stress, relax muscles and bring about good sleep. It is also good for the heart. It can be taken alongside any other medication.
The prostate gland contributes to sexual health. It is the size of a walnut. As men get older the prostate gland starts to enlarge, slowly squashing the urinary tract and reducing the amount of space available for urine to pass through. Signs of enlarged prostate known as Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy or BPH are:
- A feeble urinary stream – can’t reach halfway up the wall any more
- Difficulty getting started when needing a pee
- Stopping and starting rather than a steady stream
- Having to pee frequently and urgently
- Having to get up frequently in the night to pee
- Feeling that you can’t empty your bladder completely
- Loss of libido
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
As urine can’t empty efficiently from the bladder, stagnant urine stays in the bladder and easily becomes infected, adding to the general misery. All men are vulnerable to this condition, as the prostate starts to enlarge after about age 30. 50% of men over age 50 will have some symptoms, and this reaches nearly 100% after the age of 80.
Passing blood in your urine is always a bad sign. There are several different things it might indicate, but all of them need to be checked by your doctor, so don’t keep putting it off.