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MEN’S HEALTH
The purpose of Me
15th-21st JUNE
n’s Health week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and
encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Led by the Men’s Health Forum in England and Wales, this year’s Men’s Health Week runs from June 15 to June 21 and aims to highlight issues around healthy living for men.
This year the focus is on challenging men to:
• Look after their relationships and wellbeing • Don’t smoke
• Drink sensibly
• Be active
• Watch their weight
One in five men dies before the age of 65. That’s 20%
of men who will not reach retirement age.
Did you know?
• The biggest single cause of death in men is cancer. • 75% of premature deaths from coronary heart
disease are male.
• Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital for avoiding serious diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Yet men are far more likely to lead unhealthy lifestyles.
• Men are more likely than women to smoke, drink at hazardous levels, eat too much salt as well as too much red and processed meats. Men are also likely to eat less fruit and vegetables as women.
• 67% of men are overweight or obese. More information can be found at:
www.menshealthforum.org.uk
The food that we eat can improve both our physical and psychological health. It is always a good place to start if you want to begin today making your lifestyle healthier.
Men are different to women in all kinds of ways, including their nutritional needs.
Here are top 10 foods to improve men’s health...
FOOD FOR MEN NO.1 OYSTERS
Just a few oysters a day will deliver a full days supply of antioxidant mineral zinc. Zinc is involved in hundreds of body processes, from producing DNA to repairing cells.
Adequate zinc can protect against cellular damage that leads to prostate cancer.
Good alternatives to oysters: Shellfish, legumes, lean beef or pork.
FOOD FOR MEN NO.2 BANANAS
Bananas are a great portable source of quick energy and are rich in potassium, which is needed to regulate nerves, heartbeat and especially blood pressure.
Good alternatives to bananas: Orange juice, milk, tomato products and beans.
FOOD FOR MEN NO.3 FATTY FISH
The polyunsaturated fats are the preferred form of fats in your diet for many reasons. They can benefit the heart, circulation and immune system and also reduce the risk of prostate cancer, among other things. Fatty fish is also a good source of Vitamin D, which in adequate supply can help prevent cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and bone disease.
Good alternatives to fatty fish: Flax seed, walnuts, soy and canola oil.
FOOD FOR MEN NO.4 BROCCOLI
Broccoli is helpful in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. It is loaded with Vitamin C, beta- carotene and potassium.
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