Are we man enough to look at health issues?
IT’S COMMONLY KNOWN that most of us men would spend more time on our car's health and maintenance than on our own body if given the choice. Below are a few areas we need to keep a regular check on if we are to be serious about our overall health….
GOOD HEALTH IS GREAT WEALTH
Did you know that the average life expectancy of a male is around six years shorter than the female equivalent? Despite this, we men are notoriously bad at looking after ourselves.
BLOOD PRESSURE & HEART DISEASE
At least one in 10 adult males has a high blood pressure (hypertension) - consistently raised above 140/90 mmHg, but most men are unaware of this important health problem.
CANCER & PROSTATE PROBLEMS
At least one in three men will have cancer diagnosed at some point in their life, with one in four eventually dying from it. The prostate is a male gland the size and shape of a large chestnut.
DIABETES & IMPOTENCE
One per cent of young adult males have diabetes, rising to over three per cent of men aged 65 to 75 and 4.5 per cent of men aged over 75 years. Impotence - also known as erectile dysfunction - affects an estimated one in ten men.
The average male now weighs over 12st, 4lb. Being overweight increases the risk of a number of serious illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease and strokes.
A man's lifetime risk of developing testicular cancer is at least one in 450. If a man's brother has been affected, his risk rises to one in 50. A male born with an un-descended testicle is 36 times more likely to develop testicular cancer than one born with both testes in the scrotum.
CASTE YOUR EYE…
Fit Body …& Soul?
ST PAUL ASKS US an important question in 1 Corinthians 6.19:
"Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you and whom you have received from God?" Maybe it's time to give yourself a full MOT so as to keep your engine and body work in good order for as long as possible. "You're not your own property," Paul continues in verse 20, "you've been bought at a price. So use your body for the glory of God."
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