The Top 5 Killers of Men

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    Jun 26, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    5 STROKE
    Why you’re at risk: Each year, nearly 50,000 American men die of a stroke, according to the American Heart Association. I know what you’re thinking: But those are really old men. But you’re wrong. In fact, 1 in 14 stroke victims is younger than 45. As a neurologist I interviewed a few years ago told me: “If you did MRI scans on a hundred 40-year-olds, you’d see that a large number have already had a silent stroke.” And that’s scary because small, silent strokes often precede large, debilitating strokes.

    What you can do about it: Keep your blood pressure at 120/80 or lower. Every 20-point increase in systolic BP (the top number) or every 10-point rise in diastolic BP doubles your risk of dying of a stroke, says Walter Kernan, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at Yale University. The good news: Simple lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your risk. Assess your stroke risk right here, and learn how to turn the odds in your favor.

    4 CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

    Why you’re at risk: Nearly 60,000 men died from COPD—which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema—in 2006, according to the CDC. The chief cause: the Marlboro Man. In fact, smoking causes 80 percent of COPD deaths. Considering that tobacco use has also been directly linked to the other man killers on our Top 5 list—notably, heart disease (#1) and cancer (#2)—you have to ask: Why are people still smoking?

    What you can do about it: It’s pretty simple, really. You need to figure out how to kick butts for good. Improve your odds by joining a gym—smokers who are trying to quit often fall off the wagon during stressful moments. Regular exercise lowers levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the brain. Warning: Going cold turkey is one of the least successful ways of quitting. Find out how to tilt the odds of success in your favor by checking out Will You Be Able to Quit Smoking?

    3 ACCIDENTS
    Why you’re at risk: According to the CDC, 80,000 men die each year in unexpected tragedies, from sports injuries to fires to falls. But the most preventable accidental deaths are the 30,000 that occur on America’s roads every year.

    What’s that? You’re a great driver? Not surprising that you think so. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 72 percent of drivers regard themselves as more skilled than everyone else. Researchers trace the bias to a fundamental information imbalance, namely that the poorest performers are also the least able to recognize skill (or lack of skill) in themselves or others.

    But fine, let’s say it’s true. Then consider the guys you’re sharing the road with: Surveys indicate there's a nearly 80 percent chance they speed regularly, and a 53 percent likelihood they talk on the phone while driving. There's a 4 percent chance they run red lights—on purpose—and a 2 percent chance they have driven after drinking too much. These guys make Evel Knievel look like a defensive driver.

    What you can do about it: If you do one thing today, make it this: Stop texting while driving. You’ve probably heard that texting behind the wheel is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Not true. Texting is way more dangerous. In fact, texting increases your risk of a crash by 23 times (versus 11 times for driving under the influence), according to a Virginia Tech study. Step into the MH Driving Simulator and test how well you multitask behind the wheel.

    2 CANCER
    Why you’re at risk: The Big C killed nearly 300,000 men in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer tops the list, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deaths, followed by prostate cancer (11 percent) and colon/rectum cancer (9 percent). We all know that smoking causes lung cancer, but the risk factors for prostate cancer are less well known. Yet, it’s one of the most common—1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetimes—and least understood killers of men.

    What you can do about it: Take our quiz to determine your risk. If you’re at high risk, put certain staples of the Mediterranean diet on your plate. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that men who eat more than 10 grams of garlic or scallions (about three cloves of garlic or 2 tablespoons of scallions) daily have a 50 percent lower risk of prostate cancer than those who eat less than 2 grams. Sound like too much of a good thing? Other studies have linked the lycopene in cooked tomato products to lower prostate cancer risk; aim for at least two servings a week. And if you really like coffee . . . Harvard researchers found that drinking 6 cups a day reduces your risk of developing advanced prostate cancer by 59 percent.

    1 HEART DISEASE
    Why you’re at risk: This is the deadliest disease known to man. More than 1 in 3 adult men have some sort of heart disease and more than 390,000 men died of the killer in 2007, according to the American Heart Association.

    But you’re a fit, healthy guy, right? Why would you die of heart disease? Believe it or not, not every victim of the disease is overweight or inactive. Men’s Health Editor Peter Moore discovered this eight years ago. He was doing everything right: He was thin, exercised regularly, and ate a healthy diet. But none of that prevented one of the arteries in his heart from becoming 99 percent blocked.

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    Jun 26, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    What you can do about it: Small lifestyle changes can yield big results when it comes to improving heart health. Here are four simple changes you can make today:

    • Exercise for 30 minutes. Middle-aged men who exercise vigorously for two hours a week (aim for 30 minutes, four times a week) have a 60 percent lower risk of a heart attack than inactive men.

    • Lose the spare tire. If you’re overweight, dropping 10 to 20 pounds lowers your risk of dying from a heart attack. In fact, a 10-year study found that overweight people had heart attacks 8.2 years earlier than normal-weight victims.

    • Drink five glasses of water a day. Men who drink that many 8-ounce glasses are 54 percent less likely to have a fatal heart attack than those who drink two glasses or fewer. Researchers say the water dilutes the blood, making it less likely to clot.

    • Count to 10. Keeping your cool under stress may keep you alive. Men who respond with anger are three times more likely to have heart disease and five times more likely to have a heart attack before turning 55.

    http://health.yahoo.net/experts/menshealth/top-5-killers-of-men
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    Jun 26, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    I can do all of the aboved mentioned except the last one.

    I have a hot temper and stress out alot icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    They left out knives.

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    Jun 26, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidThey left out knives.

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    BAHAHAHA

    AND ZOMBIES!

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    Jun 26, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    I thought the answer was:

    1 Westboro Baptist "Church"
    2 Republicans
    3 Chick-fil-A (and their shitty greasy-ass food)
    4 Paula Deen's cooking (already discussed last week extensively)
    5 Skinny fit jeans
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    Jun 26, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    I thought death was the #1 killer.
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    Jun 26, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    Yep, mortality is 100%. You've got to die of something.

    Seriously though, I found the article very informative.
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    Jun 26, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    These are important factors to consider if you're younger. I no longer do, however, because at 62 I've crossed the Finish Line. Now I simply wait to die.

    My one goal is to just outlive my partner, because he depends on me. And I don't want him to have to mourn me. But as for me, ehhh... I've seen enough, done enough, that I couldn't die unhappy, unfulfilled.

    I'm not throwing my life away, of course, I'm not suicidal, but neither am I hanging on for dear life anymore. It's a wonderful state to enter, when you just let go.

    Yeah, my doctors expect either a stroke or heart attack will do it. Do you know my blood pressure was 170/105 the other day? I can't last much longer. And I've got one doctor convinced I have cancer, too. So that makes items 1, 2 & 5 on this list. Well, does it really make any difference, except for the timing?
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    Jun 27, 2011 6:40 AM GMT
    ^^^^Why not actually work out at that gym in Lauderdale??? My guy's Dad is 61 and looks amazing. He works out for 30-40 mins a day, except Sundays and he's one of the busiest men I know and a caregiver to 3 very elderly people. Everyone has or can make the time. I bet you could get your pressure down by loosing 20 pounds and doing just cardioicon_idea.gif
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    Jun 27, 2011 7:14 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI thought death was the #1 killer.


    Death does ot kill you, because you become dead, after you have died.
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    Jun 27, 2011 7:15 AM GMT
    Now if you were to say top 5 killers in gay men. Would it be any diffrent?
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    Jun 27, 2011 8:12 AM GMT
    Woohoo! I'm going to live forever! Or at least die a very lonely man because I've outlived everybody else.

    (unless I run into Ariodante's knife of course)
  • MotorBrett

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    Jun 27, 2011 8:41 AM GMT
    #1 leading cause of death?

    LIFE. It's guaranteed to kill ya!! ;)
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    Jun 27, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    MotorBrett said#1 leading cause of death?

    LIFE. It's guaranteed to kill ya!! ;)
    With that logic, telling someone to "get a life" could be interpreted as a death threat. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 27, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    Congratulations, ladies! You didn't make the list!

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    Jun 28, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    paulflexes said
    MotorBrett said#1 leading cause of death?

    LIFE. It's guaranteed to kill ya!! ;)
    With that logic, telling someone to "get a life" could be interpreted as a death threat. icon_razz.gif
    You mean I'm the only one who uses it that way?
    Let's hope so. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 28, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidI thought the answer was:
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    5 Skinny fit jeans


    THIS!!!!

    How some guys can wear them I'll never know. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 28, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    The minute you're born, you're decomposing...very...slowly.
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    Jun 28, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    I took one of those online tests that tell you your real age. Since I'm a vegetarian, non-smoker, not much of a drinker, work out 4 times a week, and pretty much completely celibate(not by choice!) it has been determined I'm pre-fetus in age.

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    Jun 28, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidThe minute you're born, you're decomposing...very...slowly.


    Na, not until your in your early twenties.