This is the first article in a series about Mens Health and Food pt.1 We are just going to review a few items that should concern you. While some men follow a very healthy lifestyle it appears that many of us just take for granite that if we do not feel any pain of any sort, then everything must be just fine and we leave it at that.
Some of us, like I was at one time, only go to the doctor when our wives push us to go or when we have broken something or the pain is so bad that we can not function. The truth of the matter is that we need that annual physical. And even more important we need to know what the numbers in our blood work report are telling us.
Often a man will go into the doctors office and the doctor will chat with him for a few minutes and say something like “The report shows that your cholesterol and Triglycerides look ok, everything else looks fine, we’ll see you in a year.” and that is it. Don’t let that happen, ask for him/her to explain the numbers to you. Also get a copy of the report, you are paying for it. Start a file so that you can review the report year after year to see the changes.
To start with you want both numbers for the cholesterol, both HDL and LDL as both are very important in keeping your body functioning as it should. Understanding Triglycerides is also very important and you should know what the acceptable numbers are and where you stand regarding those numbers. We are going to cover that over the next few weeks, from a chefs point of view based on the foods we eat.When the doctor requests you have a blood test, ask him to include a test for vitamin D Click To Tweet
When the doctor requests you have a blood test, ask him to include a test for vitamin D. Not all blood tests include this but it is becoming more and more evident through research just how important vitamin D is to your health. And there are other things that work with vitamin D to get the most value from it. You may think that you are getting enough vitamin D but did you know that it is possible to “leak” a vitamin faster than normal. With a few adjustments to our lifestyle we can keep replacing the lost vitamin D without too much trouble.
If you are over 50 or if you find yourself getting up more often at night to urinate you want to know and review with your medical professional the PSA testing score. Your prostate gland grows larger with age and this can cause problems. We will be covering them in detail in a coming article. There is a lot to consider, everything from BPH short for benigh prostatic hyperplasia to prostate cancer. I will be sharing the information based on my personal life experience only to make you aware of the importance of knowing the numbers of the test and what they mean.
Mens health and food effects our lives every day.There are many foods that can help with our health and then there are others that are not so good for us. We only have one body, it is a single issue and when it’s gone, it is gone. We want to keep it in top working order for as long as we can.
Please note that going forward when we share a recipe I will also add the blue ribbon when it is or could be part of my personal cancer fighting arsenal. If you think you would enjoy the recipe please try it but do not start any kind of diet to cure any illness without first reviewing it with your doctor and have his/her approval. I am only showing you what I do for myself and each of us is different. After much research about cures for cancer I have chosen a ketogenic lifestyle to help fight my cancer but What works for one may not work for someone else.
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