You know what November is… but are you familiar with Movember?
Movember is an initiative supporting the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys across the United States. It's built on the fact that prevention and early intervention can make a difference. The movement focuses on raising awareness and donating funds towards the improvement of men’s mental health, suicide prevention, and prostate and testicular cancers.
Movember encourages participants to raise awareness and funds in November by growing a mustache, running or walking 60 miles in memory of the 60 men lost to suicide every hour across the world, or planning and carrying out a personal or group challenge. Becoming a participant allows you to get moving and make a difference in helping men live happier healthier lives.
The Stark Facts on Men’s Health Issues
Cancer – The National Cancer Institute estimates 1,806,590 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States and 606,520 will die from cancer. About 39.5% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes. Men are more likely to die from cancer than women and the most common form of cancer for men is prostate cancer. About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Other common cancers in men are lung and liver cancers as well as colon cancer.
Heart Disease – There are many forms of heart disease but all are serious and fatal if undetected. The American Heart Association says that more than one in three adult men have a form of cardiovascular disease and every year about 2.8 million men experience a stroke.
Liver Disease – Liver diseases include various forms of cancer, cirrhosis, and hepatitis. Use of alcohol and tobacco increase risk of liver disease developing. According to the American Liver Foundation, every year about 21,000 men get liver cancer and 16,000 die from the disease.
Diabetes – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 34.2 million people have diabetes in the United States. That is 10/5% of the US population. Diabetes causes high blood sugar which can damage nerves, eyes, kidneys, and other organs. It can lead to heart disease, stroke, and blindness. Diabetic men risk lower testosterone levels and sexual impotence as well as depression and anxiety.
Depression / Suicide - According to Medical News Today over 16.1 million adults in the United States deal with major depression every year and 1.9 million children have been diagnosed with depression. It is described as a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest and comes with a variety of symptoms and levels of severity.
Depression is very real and can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. The World Health Organization reports that about 800,000 people die of suicide every year and there may be up to 20 suicide attempts for each one of those deaths. That’s staggering! Suicide is also the second leading cause of death among those ages 15-29.
Healthy Life Choices for Men
The best way to enjoy good health is to live a healthy lifestyle.
- Reduce stress
- Eat a healthy diet
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Avoid smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Get routine checkups and screening tests
- Watch for signs of depression or suicidal inclinations in yourself and those you love.
- Practice natural mood boosters
- Be willing to talk to a health care professional about any concerns
- Natural health supplements may also assist in your journey to optimal health
Popular Men’s Supplements
Here are a few of our popular health supplements for men.
- Multi-Vitamin with Joint Support – Get the benefits of a multi-vitamin along with the comfort of a joint support formula.
- Liquid Curcumin is designed to energize and support healthy brain function. It has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Clean Colon capsules are an herbal, thermogenic & fiber blend, that offers the ingredients the colon needs to remove toxins and boost energy.
- Enhanced Focus is designed to calm overactive nerves and enhance mood and focus.
- Super B-Complex is a B-vitamin supplement, offering the building blocks of a healthy body, and is even easier to digest and absorb in liquid form.
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