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Data shows that men generally live sicker and die sooner than women. Why? There are multiple reasons that men are at a higher risk for disease and earlier death. Not only are there biological predispositions that leave men more at risk, but also a long history of societal stigmas that have kept men from speaking up about or taking action towards improving their physical or mental health. Though this narrative is slowly changing, many generations of men were subject to harsh working conditions, minimal healthcare options, and swayed into unhealthy lifestyles or habits to "keep them tough". This information gap has created a large disconnect with men and health information that will keep them living their best and healthiest lives! National Men's Health Week is all about shining a light on these disparities and educating men on the best ways to take control of their health!

So, what can men do to improve their health and take action against disease prevention? Here are 5 recommendations we have!

  1. Limit tobacco...

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Heart disease comes in many forms, and it is important to know what conditions you are at risk of, and the symptoms they present. There are multiple conditions that fall under the umbrella of "heart disease."

A few types of heart disease are:

  • 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗿𝗵𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗺 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 (𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗵𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗺𝗶𝗮𝘀): Causes the heart to beat irregularly.
  • 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 (𝗖𝗔𝗗): Caused by hardening of the arteries.
  • 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗲: Develops after the heart becomes damaged or weakened.
  • 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲: Due to abnormalities in valves, walls, muscles, or blood vessels of the heart.

We know that this reality is a scary one, but there are always things you can do to lower the risk of developing heart disease. A few great "self-care" lifestyle changes will improve your overall well-being and help keep your heart happy and healthy! Start taking...

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