Good health is something that most people strive to obtain. It allows them to enjoy their family, friends, and life in general. Unfortunately, good health isn't always a given or guaranteed. There are numerous factors, or threats, that may negatively impact a person's health. These threats may vary depending on the age and gender of the individual. As a result, the best way to ensure one's health and the health of loved ones, is to understand what their potential health concerns are and what steps can help prevent illness or injury from occurring.
When it comes to men's health, stroke, prostate cancer, heart disease, and chronic lung conditions are all common threats. One way to reduce the likelihood of many of these conditions is stress reduction. Reducing the amount of stress in a man's life can help reduce his chances of heart disease and stroke. Avoiding tobacco, such as cigarettes, can help prevent prostate cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease. Exercise and eating a healthy diet are both also critical in the prevention of most illnesses. Fruits and vegetables can help lessen a man's chances of prostate cancer and other forms of cancer, while limiting one's intake of cholesterol and saturated fat can reduce the risk of stroke. Diet and exercise can also help prevent Type 2 diabetes, which is another common health threat for men.
- Prostate Cancer Prevention: An article that lists ways that men can potentially reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The article's man focus is on diet.
- Men's Health: Preventing the Top Seven Threats: An article on the Mayo Clinic website that reviews seven common potential health problems for men. Following each of the threats the article lists preventative steps. The steps include heart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Type II diabetes, and suicide.
- Men's Health - What's the Risk?: A PDF document that lists preventative measures for ten health concerns that are common amongst men. The concerns range from cancer to Alzheimer's.
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Brain Basics - Preventing Stroke: An article that discusses strokes in detail. Topics discussed on this page includes a definition of a stroke, warning signs, risk factors, and treatable risk factors.
- Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals: Men's Health: An Article that provides the male reader with tips on how to stay healthy. The tips review healthy eating, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight.
In order to maintain maximum health, all women should be aware of the common high risk health issues. While breast cancer is often the most publicized of these potential problems, there are also other conditions that greatly affect women. Ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke are also prevalent amongst women. Women of child-bearing age may also have pregnancy-related issues to contend with, including infertility. Early detection of some of these conditions may make a huge difference in terms of successful treatment. All women should learn how to perform a breast self-examination, particularly women over the age of 40. These examinations, as well as mammograms, may help to detect the presence of breast cancer before it can spread to the lymph nodes and other areas throughout the body. Gynecological examinations such as pap smears can also detect problems such as cancer, and should be done on a yearly basis. As with men, it is also important for women to eat properly and maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise.
- Breast Self-Awareness: An article on the Susan G. Komen website that explains what women should do to be more aware of their breasts. It includes what to look for, lifestyle choices, and frequency of testing. The article also includes a link to a video about self-awareness.
- Seven Steps to Good Gynecological Health: An article on the Canadian Living website that discusses how women can maintain good gynecological health. This two page article lists tips such as practicing safe sex, performing Kegel exercises, and having annual check-ups.
- Gynecological Exams: A Brown University question and answer page regarding gynecological examinations. It explains the importance of this type of exam and answers questions such as how often they are needed and how to prepare.
- CDC Infertility FAQs: The Center for Disease Control answers common questions related to infertility.
- Unique Stroke Symptoms in Women: The National Stroke Association lists symptoms associated with stroke. The symptoms are divided into two categories, one for universal symptoms and one for symptoms that are unique to women.
- Pregnancy Do's and Don'ts: A PDF guide that includes a list of do's and a list of don'ts regarding what women should do while pregnant.
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