Tips for reducing leading causes of male deaths

Tips for reducing leading causes of male deaths

June 16, 2016

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent stats, heart disease, stroke and unintentional injuries were the leading causes of fatalities of men in the United States.1

With our focus on Men’s Health Month, we’re here to provide you with some helpful tips so you can live a long, healthy and happy life.2

Heart Disease
While many things can lead to heart attacks, you can lower your risk by eating a low-fat and high-fiber diet; get your fitness on with regular exercise and limit your alcohol intake.

Cancer
Lung cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer are the leading causes of cancer deaths for men, per the CDC.

While sometimes it’s impossible to prevent cancer, regular doctor visits and health screenings, like colorectal exams for men over 50, can help detect early stages of risk. It’s also recommended to quit smoking and create a diet filled with fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Unintentional Injuries
Men are more likely than women to die from accidental deaths, including falls, drowning, fires, motor-vehicle collisions and poisoning3. Regular exercise, limited alcohol consumption, regular doctor visits for annual exams like your vision, are all preventive measures that can be taken to reduce your chance of mishaps. And, of course, limit your distractions while driving!

Other preventative measures to reduce accidental deaths include checking smoke detectors in the home and wearing life jackets when boating.

When it comes to men’s health, prevention can be a crucial factor in reducing these top three killers. Speak with your primary care physician about your lifestyle and ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and injuries.

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1. http://www.cdc.gov/men/lcod/
2. http://www.idph.state.il.us/menshealth/healththreats.htm
3. http://menshealth.org/code/death.html