The month of June is surprisingly full of fun holidays, 83 holidays to be exact! Since our Crawl Space Guys team is composed of guys (pun intended), we decided to focus on National Men’s Health Week held on June 15-21, 2020.
What’s the Purpose?
Men’s National Health Week has been officially recognized by the White House and has been consecutively celebrated since 1994. The overall goal of this holiday is to bring awareness to preventable health issues, encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys.
It’s a Man Killer
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for those suffering from heart and blood vessel complications. Statistics tell us that 1 in 3 men suffer from a heart condition, that totals to over 39 million American Men. 1 in 4 men die from CVD each year, that totals to barely under half a million.
Cardiovascular Issues is the #1 Disease to Kill Men in the U.S.
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Heart Attack
- High Blood Pressure
Are You at Risk?
Do you experience any of the following? You might be at risk.
- Extreme fatigue
- Constant dizziness or lightheadedness
- A fast heart rate (more than 100 beats per minute)
- A new, irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain or discomfort during activity that goes away with rest
- Difficulty breathing during regular activities and rest
- A respiratory infection or cough that becomes worse
- Restlessness or confusion
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of appetite or nausea
While there are some factors we can track through paradigms in the body, there are a few risks we cannot control. For example, age the older you get, the higher chance you are of developing CVD. Gender also plays a substantial role, and men are more susceptible to developing CVD than women. Lastly, family histories, our genetic code is something we cannot escape; sometimes, due to family history, others are more susceptible than others to develop CVD.
The key to preventative care is to transition into a healthy lifestyle. The first step is to control your blood pressure, get a regular checkup appointment at the doctor. Next, keep your cholesterol intake down. Cholesterol clogs your arteries and raises risks of CVD. In addition, maintain a healthy weight, obesity, or being overweight can increase your chances of CVD.
Additionally, change your diet, fuel your body with nutrients, and exercise. Limit your consumption of alcohol, don’t smoke, limit your stress, and sleep more. Take control of your life, and life it to the fullest extent!
Your Crawl Space Guys
Apart from enjoying an amazing father’s day with all the great dads out there, we hope that you take this information to learn how to take care of your special guy at home. Let’s celebrate them now, tomorrow, and forever!