Men’s Health Issues and Concerns

In the United States, the 3 top causes of death among men are heart disease, cancer and stroke. Along with those, men also face frequent sexual problems involving low libidos and the prostate. Other issues for men’s health are lack of energy and digestive problems (more of a problem for those over 40).

At the base of these health issues are a mix of problems such as poor diet, toxins in the environment, smoking, drinking and other pollutants. By adopting a more healthy lifestyle, men can improve their chances when it comes to these life-threatening diseases.

Heart Disease

High cholesterol is often blamed for heart disease in men, but that isn’t the case. According to Dr. Ben Ansell, director of the UCLA Center for Primary Care-Based Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, “There are many patients that develop coronary heart disease despite having normal cholesterol levels and no other risk factors.”

Another possible cause for heart disease that is getting attention from many health experts is acute acidosis, where the acidic state of your body can damage your heart and arteries, creating holes in the artery walls. These holes are repaired by the body with cholesterol, which is why cholesterol is so often found in conjunction with heart disease damage. But it is not the cause.

Unless the acid state of the body is fixed, these cholesterol-based repairs will continue until the arteries are too clogged to function properly. When blood flow to the heart is reduced, you are at risk of heart failure, angina or full-blown heart attack. You can check your own pH levels with simple test strips purchased at the drug store. Your urine is tested first thing in the morning, and you should have a pH level between 6.4 and 7.0. Lower than 6.4 indicated acidity.

Stroke

A stroke can be caused by similar blockages as heart disease, but they occur when blood to the brain is reduced. If arteries to the brain become blocked, portions of brain tissue can die.

Cancer

Cancer is another disease that is linked to a high level of acidity in the body. Cancer cells are more likely to grow out of control in an oxygen-reduced environment. That is exactly what is caused when your body is too acidic. With a balanced pH, you can improve your cellular oxygen levels by 10 to 20 times.

Low Libido

The causes for a low sexual drive can include mental stresses such as anger, fear, anxiety and depression. There are also physical causes like anemia, arthritis, alcohol abuse, cardiovascular disorder and diabetes. A healthy diet and moderate level of physical fitness can help keep your libido strong.

Prostate

There are 3 types of prostate diseases: prostatitis, BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia, and prostate cancer. The first one is a bacterial infection, and BPH is an enlarged prostate. Prostate health can be improved with nutrients lycopene and apigenin. Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, and you can get apigenin in onions, celery, cherries, apples and broccoli.