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June is Men's Health Month!

  Happy Father’s Day
With the recognition of Father’s Day, we are particularly reminded of the impact that men have on the lives of their children.  Men who take care of their health with a good diet, regular exercise, and preventive screenings and doctor visits serve as role models for their kids’ health habits and are more likely to be around for all those important moments like graduations, birthdays and weddings.  Being a father can also have its own health benefits when men commit to better habits so that they can live life more fully with their children.

Prostate cancer is the most the most common cancer among men.
Men over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer and 50 and above for other men.  Most prostate cancers are diagnosed in men of 65, but it is becoming more common in men 55-65.  Your risk of developing prostate cancer is doubled if your father, brother, or close male blood relative has or had the disease. African Americans have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world, at least twice as high as white men.
Maintain a healthy weight – overweight and obesity are linked with higher risks of prostate cancer.
 Fill your plate with fruits and veggies – these foods are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that promote overall health. 
 Focus on healthy fats – Cook foods with olive or canola oil and choose foods rich in healthy fats such as fish and avocados
 Get active – physical activity promotes a healthy weight at least 30 minutes of activity 5 days per week
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we are discussing alternative medicines. According to a recent Harvard Medical School report, the use of herbal supplements has increased by 50% in the last 5 years. Last year, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and National Center for Health Statistics jointly published a report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the U.S. People of all backgrounds use CAM. However, CAM use among adults is greater among women and those with higher levels of education and higher incomes. In the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults (about 4 in 10) and approximately 12 percent of children (about 1 in 9) are using some form of CAM. Non-vitamin, non-mineral natural products are the most commonly used CAM therapy among adults. The use of several therapies has increased including deep breathing exercises, meditation, massage therapy, and yoga. The percentage of people using the most common CAM therapies had a significant increases between 2002 and 2007.

Some of the most popular natural products in the U.S. are fish oil (37.4%), glucosamine (19.9%), echinacea (21.1%), and flaxseed (15.9%). These percentages are the percent of adults who used these natural products in the last 30 days.

People use CAM for many different types of conditions and diseases. U.S. adults are most likely to use CAM for musculoskeletal problems like back, neck, or joint pain. - See more at: http://www.healthherbs.com/newsletterpast.html?newsid=88#first
we are discussing alternative medicines. According to a recent Harvard Medical School report, the use of herbal supplements has increased by 50% in the last 5 years. Last year, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and National Center for Health Statistics jointly published a report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the U.S. People of all backgrounds use CAM. However, CAM use among adults is greater among women and those with higher levels of education and higher incomes. In the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults (about 4 in 10) and approximately 12 percent of children (about 1 in 9) are using some form of CAM. Non-vitamin, non-mineral natural products are the most commonly used CAM therapy among adults. The use of several therapies has increased including deep breathing exercises, meditation, massage therapy, and yoga. The percentage of people using the most common CAM therapies had a significant increases between 2002 and 2007.

Some of the most popular natural products in the U.S. are fish oil (37.4%), glucosamine (19.9%), echinacea (21.1%), and flaxseed (15.9%). These percentages are the percent of adults who used these natural products in the last 30 days.

People use CAM for many different types of conditions and diseases. U.S. adults are most likely to use CAM for musculoskeletal problems like back, neck, or joint pain. - See more at: http://www.healthherbs.com/newsletterpast.html?newsid=88#first
  june marc's mens health
What Are the Good Fats?
 
Some fats help us absorb nutrients, aid in nerve transmission, reduce body fat, improve cholesterol, and help build brain cell membranes.  Consuming too many of the wrong fats can increase the risk of heart disease, contribute to weight gain, and can even play a role in the development of some types of cancers.
 
Monounsaturated fats lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein) known as the bad cholesterol. At the same time, Monounsaturated fats increase HDL cholesterol, (High-Density Lipoprotein) the good cholesterol. Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, avocados, olives, canola oil, and olive oil are all high in monounsaturated fats. These fats also help in weight loss and help reduce body fat.

Polyunsaturated fats also lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Seafood like salmon and fish, as well as corn, soy, safflower, and sunflower oils are high in polyunsaturated fats. Ideally, look for polyunsaturated fats that contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, like flaxseed oil, hemp oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts or oily fish. Try to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which help control blood clotting and help build cell membranes in the brain. They’re also known to promote heart health can have a positive impact on blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, and cardiovascular disease.
 
  What Are The Bad Fats
Hot vegetable oil combined with hydrogen creates very stable trans fats. When fats are more stable, they act as a preservative and increase the shelf life of the products they contain. While that helps preserve processed foods and fried foods, it is not healthy for your body. These trans fats are common in commercially packaged foods including crackers, doughnuts, cookies, potato chips, corn chips, tortilla chips, microwave popcorn, and even some bread. Most fried foods are loaded
 
Saturated fats raise total blood cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol. Saturated fats are found in animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs and also in coconut oil, palm oil, vegetable shortening, and palm kernel oil. Though everyday foods like meat and dairy products have saturated fat, you can still use those foods in ways that reduce the saturated fats. For example, buying 93% lean beef and draining out all the fat you can while cooking can help. Eat egg whites, but not egg yolks.
 
Don’t Forget Your Hearing Health
Did you know six out of 10 individuals with hearing loss are men? 
Statistics show men are generally more susceptible to the condition due to the noisy nature of many of their employment opportunities. Because we’re living in a much noisier environment, hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds is a growing issue. Jobs in agriculture, construction, firefighting, manufacturing, military and mining are the hardest on your ears. An average 25-year-old carpenter has the hearing of a 50-year-old.
For men faced with prolonged exposure to loud sound levels because of their career field, there are several different options available for protecting hearing include, earplugs, earbuds and noise-cancelling headphones.  Symptoms of hearing loss include: having to ask people to repeat themselves, difficulty understanding conversation in background noise and having to turn the volume up frequently on televisions or radios.
 
 
Men are more likely to get cancers linked to smoking, being overweight, having poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption because they are more likely to have lifestyles higher in these risk factors.  According to the report called “Excess Cancer Burden in Men,” 40% of the caners that strike men are preventable through lifestyle changes.  The biggest of those lifestyles factors is smoking which is nearly a quarter of all cancers in men.