Have you noticed men looking “scruffier” than usual? Blame Movember. Every November, men let their beards, ‘staches, and goatees grow in honor of Movember, also known as No-Shave November. This hairy movement is dedicated to raising awareness and bringing focus to men’s health.
Here are the top reasons the men you care about should stay on top of their health and ways you can help them do so!
- Prostate Cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men. Symptoms can be difficult to detect, however being alert to changes in urination including burning, interruptions in flow and blood in urine in addition to pain in bones around the hips, thighs and lower back should not be ignored. The best way to tackle this is prevention. Be consistent with annual physicals, listen to your body and know your family history. The older you get, the higher the risk.
- Testicular Cancer: Unlike prostate cancer, testicular cancer is most commonly found in younger men aged 15-35; However, men of all ages can be diagnosed. Common symptoms to look out for are lumps, swelling, and aches near the groin, lower back and scrotum, and tender breasts. Family history plays a big role in this diagnosis.
- Physical Activity: Evidence is mounting in favor of the benefits of physical activity both before and after cancer diagnosis in men. One of the biggest reasons is because exercise has a positive correlation with healthy blood vessels. Irregular blood vessels in prostate tumors have been linked to a higher incidence in death. Whether it’s vigorous workouts or brisk walks, get moving! According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation men with a BMI of 30 or higher are twice as likely to require surgical treatment or radiation.
- Healthy Diet: Sugar feeds cancer. Cut back on sugar and you won’t only protect yourself from cancer but also heart disease and diabetes. Charring meat leads to carcinogens causing inflammation and oxidative damage. Instead use different cooking methods, avoid red meat and load up on cruciferous vegetables. Best foods to choose for cancer prevention include turmeric, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, tea, berries, salmon, tomatoes and spinach just to name a few!
We all have fathers, brothers, sons, husbands, and friends who can benefit from a friendly reminder to head to their doctor for a regular check-up. Share these tips with your bearded loved one to keep him at his healthiest.
Trishna Joshi, RDN
The Fresh Diet