Men’s Health Week: 15th – 21st June 2020

© Copyright 2019 Grief Probate Journey Blog *PLEASE NOTE THIS INFORMATION IS SOURCED FROM UK and AMERICAN WEBSITES* It is also based on our own experience. *We are not experts in this field, we are speaking purely on our own experience with information sought from the internet to give further examples. *

Please see: Men’s Health Week 15th – 21st June 2020 which covers:

  1. Introduction/Our Story
  2. Illustrative Examples: Men’s Health Week 15th – 21st June 2020
  3. Men’s Health Week 15th – 21st June 2020
  4. YouTube Video Men and Health
  5. Men and Health
  6. YouTube Videos Black Men and Health
  7. Black Men and Health
  8. Illustrative Examples: Prostate Cancer
  9. Prostate Cancer
  10. Men and Diabetes
  11. Diabetes signs, symptoms, causes
  12. Illustrative Examples: Men and Heart Disease
  13. YouTube Video: Heart Disease
  14. Men and Heart Disease
  15. Useful Links
  16. Our Final Thoughts and YouTube Video

1. Introduction/Our Story

We became aware of this awareness week, and right away we felt especially passionate about producing a topic on it. We felt almost compelled to do this, it felt like the only right thing to do.

All health is important, but Men’s health can be deemed as a taboo subject. It is not something that might get talked about openly or often.

Because of the situation with our Dad, we are all into awareness of health matters. It is one of the main reasons we decided to create our blog. Everything we went through and experienced during that time, were always new things that we hadn’t a clue what it was about, but we would have to deal with things quite often on the spot, or would have to make decisions without having enough time to process, digest and take in what was happening. It would often feel scary confusing, overwhelming (this is just to name a few). This is why we decided to share our story in the hope of helping others.

There are many awareness weeks if we were able to do topics on each and every one of them we would. As they are all important within their own right. Unfortunately, we are not always able to do that as we might find out about one after the time has passed. For example, we have become aware of the following awareness weeks:

Diabetes Week 2020: 8th -14th June 2020. This is a topic that we would have covered because many people are affected by this condition. Our Dad included. That is why we have also got an item on Men and Diabetes within this topic.

Carers Week 2020: 8th – 14th June 2020 again this is another important week and one we definitely would have covered. Without carers in the world, it’s hard to imagine how many lives would be able to function. They provide a vital invaluable service, which although must be rewarding, it must also be mentally and physically draining. It is definitely something that deserves recognition.

I am currently a registered carer for my Mum, and for my sister and I, we at intermitment periods of time cared for our Dad doing taking him or doing shopping for him and Tanya visiting him almost everyday with Her eldest Son. In 2014 our Dad got into an accident, Although he was a very strong and independent man that was always used to taking care of things on his own, he eventually agreed to go and stay with Tanya at her house whilst he recovered. It took some convicing because although our Dad knew this would be the best thing for him, he didnt like the idea of not being in his own home. During this time the bond between him and his first Grandson became even stronger. In 2016 when our Dad was hospitialised, I became our Dad’s carer for the duration of time he was in the hospital. Tanya was at home with he boys, and also because of the various infections our Dad would get, it was adivsed that because Tanya has two young boys her youngest born in March 2016 , she shouldn’t visit as frequently. This was very difficult for all of us, but I tried my best to keep us all involved via video calls and and things like that. This was never the plan, we never expected that our Dad’s hospitalisation would result in us not being daughters visiting their Dad in hosptial, but Daughters fighting for better treatment and care for our Dad.

When our Dad had his accident in 2014, once our Dad returned home, he was assigned carers for a short period of time. It just so happens that in December 2016 when our Dad was discharged to home from hospital, he was assigned one of the carers from 2014. With all the doubt and uncertainty we had our Dad’s care at home. The care that was provided by this person, we felt and believe was beyond the expectations of his job.

Unfortunately, our Dad passed away in the hosptial that he was passed an ipatient in (after being readmitted in January 2017). However, we had so much trust and faith in this carer they they were invited to our Dad’s send off. When we saw them attend, it’s hard to explain the feeling we felt. We are still in contact to this very day, three years after our Dads unfortunate passing.

We found out about these awareness weeks after publishing our more recent topic: Rights and Justice. As we havent been able to do topics now as the time has passed, instead we have hyperlinked to information on both of these weeks.

This topic is for men in general, however, we do have a section on Black Men and Health, we did this because we are aware that not all illnesses affect races in the same way.

This is why we chose to include this also. As an example, when doing research for this topic (which we included) we discovered that Black Men are at increased risk of getting or dying from prostate cancer.

Health issues can affect men and women differently. This is why there are also examples of this fact within this topic.

We have tried to piece together as much useful/beneficial information as possible which we hope will be of some use.

Please see Men’s health Week 15th -21st June 2020:

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2. Illustrative Examples: Men’s Health Week 15th – 21st June 2020

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3. Men’s Health Week 15th – 21st June 2020

3.1 Is there a symbol for Men’s Health?

“Men’s health refers to a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, as experienced by men, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Some conditions that affect both men and women, such as cancer, and injury, also manifest differently in men.”

3.2 Men’s Health Week – 15th -21st June 2020

15th-21st June

“Men’s Health Week 2020. On the 15th-21st June, the world celebrates Men’s Health Week. This is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it”.

3.3Men’s Health Week: 15 – 21 June 2020|Men’s Health Forum Website

“Men’s Health Week: 15-21 June 2020. You’ll have surely guessed the theme for Men’s Health Week 2020. It’s ‘Take Action on Covid-19’. The week runs from 15-21 June”.

3.4 Men’s Health Week – Good Health Means Good Mental Health Too! |Action Mental Health

“The levels of mental ill health here is greater than any other region in the UK and at least 25% higher than in England”.

3.5 Men’s Health Week |Healthwatch

(15 Jun 2020) – “Men’s Health Week raises awareness of the health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become more” .

3.6 Men’s Health Week – Home

Virtual Community Events. Celebrate Men’s Health Week in 2020 and create an online event in your community, workplace or organisation. Learn More “.

3.7 Is June Men’s Health Month?

“Introduction. June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men and their families to practice and implement healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy”.

3.8 Be part of the solution during Men’s Health Week 2020

Everyone – men, families, communities, service providers and policy makers – is being urged to ‘be part of the solution’ and to take action to improve the health of men and boys on the island of Ireland by ‘restoring the balance’ after COVID-19”.

“That’s the message from the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) as International Men’s Health Week begins”.

3.9 Men’s Health Week: Protecting yourself from COVID-19 | Health Assured

“On the 15th – 21st June, the world acknowledges Men’s Health Week 2020. The campaign is organised by the Men’s Health Forum and aims to” …( 14 May 2020 )

3.9 Men’s Health Week 2020: The Date for your New Diary!

This coming year, it will run from Monday 15th until Sunday 21st June 2020. Every year the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) convenes an all-island Planning”.

3.10 Men’s Health Week | Men’s Health Month

“This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe”.

3.11 About The Week – Men’s Health Week

“DATES FOR FUTURE MEN’S HEALTH WEEKS: June 11-17, 2018; June 10-16, 2019; June 15-21, 2020; June 14-20, 2021”.

3.12 About Men’s Health Week – Men’s Health Forum Ireland

“The overall aims of the week are to: Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages. Support men and boys to engage in healthier“…

3.13Awareness Days – Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

“Men’s Health Week 2020, which runs from June 15 to 21, is all about raising awareness of preventable health problems among men and boys, as well as to encourage early detection and treatment”.

3.14 Is there a national men’s month?

“MEN’S HEALTH MONTH. Throughout June, Men’s Health Month focuses on improving the lifestyles of men”.

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4. YouTube Video: Men and Health

AUSTRALIA

Why is having good health important to you? | Men’s Health Week 2020

Healthy Male

1.21K subscribers

“Whether it’s to keep up with the kids, play footy with your mates or start out on your own adventure — the importance of having good health is unique to everyone”.

“To make sure you’re able to do the things that are important to you, you need to look after your health. That doesn’t just mean fixing problems as they come up. Having good health means looking after yourself as a whole — including your reproductive and sexual health”.

“We know that reproductive and sexual health can sometimes feel like an awkward topic. So, this Men’s Health Week, we’re starting the conversation through daily activities for you to get involved in”. “To learn more about why your reproductive and sexual health is important, and to check out our free Q&A webinars, articles, Reddit AMA event and podcasts, visit” www.healthymale.org.au/mens-health-week

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5. Men and Health

5.1 Why is men’s health important?

“The Importance of Men’s Health. When it comes to prevention and early detection, men’s health often takes a back seat to women’s health. … The most common conditions affecting men – heart disease, prostate, testicular, and colon cancer, and osteoporosis later in life – have important nutritional implications”.

5.2 How can men improve their mental health?

“Improving your physical health can also have a positive influence on your mental health. In fact, aerobic exercise has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, improve sleep, improve your mood and self-esteem, reduce social isolation (when performed in a group setting), and reduce stress and anxiety”.

5.3 Men’s Health UK

“Trusted guidance for men passionate about their health, fitness and mental wellbeing. With muscle-building advice, style hacks, nutrition tips and workouts to try”.

5.4 How can men promote health?

Plan a “Wear Blue Day” to help spread the knowledge of Men’s Health Month.

  1. “Choose your day. Choose any day that works for your group of team”.
  2. “Choose a goal amount”.
  3. “Choose BLUE”.
  4. “Pick and choose”.
  5. “Sell blue prostate cancer pins to wear in support of the fight against prostate cancer”.

5.5 What is a common male health concern?

“To help men better their health, WebMD examined the risk factors for five of the biggest killers of men: heart disease, stroke, suicide, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. We asked the experts why men were so vulnerable to these ailments and what they could do to reduce their risk of disease and death”. (30 Apr 2007).

5.6 What is healthy man?

“Men’s health refers to a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, as experienced by men, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. … Some conditions that affect both men and women, such as cancer, and injury, also manifest differently in men”.

5.7 What are men’s health issues?

“Men are assailed by the diseases that can affect anyone—heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression… But they also have unique issues such as prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement. … So don’t be an average man — get on board with protecting your health today”.

5.8 Men’s Health – Wellbeing info

Men’s Health. Looking out for your mates isn’t as hard as you think. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year. For men in particular, it can be an awkward subject to talk about, but you don’t have to be an expert – just looking out for someone can”

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6. YouTube videos: Black Men and Health

6.1 The Black Men’s Health Project

Black Men’s Health Project

81 subscribers

Let’s save lives. Take the Black Men’s Health Survey – http://survey.blackmenshealthproject….

6.2 #StrongerKnowingMore

1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer | Stronger Knowing More

Prostate Cancer UK

1.71K subscribers

“One in four black men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and one in 12 will die from the disease – double the risk faced by white men. Find out more”: https://strongerknowingmore.org

“Black men are also more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer at a younger age than men of other ethnicities, but an alarming 86% are oblivious to the increased danger they face, and the disease is still widely regarded as a taboo subject within many families”.

“Watch Benjamin Zephaniah, Godfrey Fletcher, Linford Christie and Danny John-Jules confront their increased risk and discuss how they are leading the charge as part of our Stronger Knowing More campaign to change these statistics for the better2.

#StrongerKnowingMore Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProstateUK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostatecanc…

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7. Black Men and Health

7.1 Black Men’s Health – The Health Gap

The goal of the Black Men’s Health Initiative is to educate black men about their health concerns and to encourage them to go to wellness appointments, seek”

7.2 Black men and prostate cancer | Prostate Cancer UK

“1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives, meaning they have a higher risk of prostate cancer other men”.

7.3 NHS England » Time to talk about the prostate cancer risk in black men and what we can do

“In this blog, Professor Frank Chinegwundoh, explains that the risk of prostate cancer is increased in black men and how a blood test for PSA (prostate specific antigen) that is available to men over the age of 45 might save a life”.

7.4 Working together to understand why 1 in 4 Black men face prostate cancer

“One of the hardest things to say to people is that we don’t know why 1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer. But we need to understand why this is. We think we can learn so much more through targeted research and gathering more health information from Black men”.

7.5 Black Men’s Health UK (@BlackMenHealth)

“The latest Tweets from Black Men’s Health UK (@BlackMenHealth). Black men are affected more than other men by different health conditions in the UK”.

7.6 Black Men’s Health – UK |Home Facebook

“Black Men’s Health UK. 546 likes. Let’s talk about the health of black men in the UK”.

7.7 African Americans and Prostate Cancer | Zero – The End of Prostate Cancer

African American men are also slightly more likely than white men to be diagnosed with advanced disease.

7.8 African American Men More Likely to Die from Low-Grade Prostate Cancer

“For African American men, the risk of dying from low-grade prostate cancer is double that of men of other races, a new study has found. But, despite the difference, the risk is still small”.

7.9 A Good Health Guide for African-American Men at Different

“18 Oct 2016 – Black men have different health needs at different points in their lives. Here’s a checklist of the things you or your partner should be watching” …

7.10 Black Men’s Health Project: Home

“The Black Men’s Health Project is the largest, most comprehensive campaign in U.S. history that’s solely focused on the health of African-American men”.

7.11 The history behind black men’s poor health outcomes, and what we can do to close the gap

18 Feb 2020 – ‘Put simply, people of color receive less care—and often worse care—than white Americans,’ Austin Frakt, a physician and health economist …”

7.12 Black Men and Diabetes, Preventing it, Managing it – WEbMD

“When black men have diabetes, they’re also much more likely to develop one or more of the serious complications associated with the disease, including”…

7.13 Factors contributing to higher incidence of diabetes for black Americans |National

“risk factors—including weight and fat around the abdomen—are primarily responsible for the elevated rate of diabetes for black Americans”. (9 Jan 2018).

7.14 Diabetes in African-Americans: How to Lower Your Risk

Diabetes in African-Americans: How to Lower Your Risk … among non-Hispanic blacks ages 20 and older, 63 percent of men and 77 percent of”.

(8 Aug 2017).

7.15 African Americans and Heart Disease, Stroke | American Heart Association

“The American Heart Association explains the prevalence of heart disease among … Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 63 percent of men and 77”

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8. Illustrative Examples: Prostate Cancer

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9. Prostate Cancer

9.1 Prostate Cancer UK

We want to stop prostate cancer being a killer. We fund groundbreaking research, drive improvements in treatment, and fight injustice in care”.

9.2 Prostate Cancer – NHS

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40000 new cases diagnosed every year”.

9.3 What are the 5 early warning signs of prostate cancer?

What Are the Five Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer?

  • “A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation”.
  • “Frequent urination, particularly at night”.
  • “Difficulty stopping or starting urination”.
  • “Sudden erectile dysfunction”.
  • “Blood in urine or semen”.

9.5 Can you die of prostate cancer?

“Deaths from prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it”. (8 Jan 2020).

9.6 Is prostate cancer usually fatal?

“Myth: Prostate Cancer Isn’t Deadly”

“Fact: While the five-year survival rate with prostate cancer is very high — 90 percent, according to the ACS — it’s still the second leading cause of cancer death in men. The only cancer that kills more men is lung cancer”. (30 Apr 2018).

9.7 What are the first signs of prostate problems?

Symptoms of Prostate Problems

  • “Frequent urge to urinate”.
  • “Need to get up many times during the night to urinate”.
  • “Blood in urine or semen”.
  • “Pain or burning urination”.
  • “Painful ejaculation”.
  • “Frequent pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, pelvic or rectal area, or upper thighs”.
  • “Dribbling of urine”.

9.8 Can you be cured of prostate cancer?

“The short answer is yes, prostate cancer can be cured, when detected and treated early. The vast majority of prostate cancer cases (more than 90 percent) are discovered in the early stages, making the tumors more likely to respond to treatment. Treatment doesn’t always have to mean surgery or chemotherapy, either”.

9.9 Is there a Prostate Cancer Awareness Month?

“National Prostate Health Month (NPHM), also known as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, is observed every September in North America by health experts, health advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health and prostate cancer”.

9.10 How does prostate pain feel like?

“Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland situated directly below the bladder in men. … Prostatitis often causes painful or difficult urination. Other symptoms include pain in the groin, pelvic area or genitals and sometimes flu-like symptoms”. (17 Jan 2020).

9.11 What is the main cause of prostate cancer?

Prostate gland

“It’s not clear what causes prostate cancer. Doctors know that prostate cancer begins when some cells in your prostate become abnormal. Mutations in the abnormal cells’ DNA cause the cells to grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells do. The abnormal cells continue living, when other cells would die”. (17 Apr 2019).

9.12 Which is the best treatment for prostate cancer?

“ASCO recommends the following brachytherapy options: Men with low-risk prostate cancer who need or choose an active treatment may consider low-dose-rate brachytherapy. Other options include external-beam radiation therapy or a radical prostatectomy”.

9.13 Who is most likely to get prostate cancer?

The most common risk factor is age. The older a man is, the greater the chance of getting prostate cancer. Some men are at increased risk for prostate cancer. You are at increased risk for getting or dying from prostate cancer if you are African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer.

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10. Men and diabetes

10.1 Are males more likely to have diabetes?

“Mendevelop diabetes more easily’ Researchers may have discovered why men may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women, BBC News has reported. The broadcaster said that a new study has found men are biologically more susceptible and need to gain far less weight than women to develop the condition”. (30 Sep 2011).

10.2 What is often one of the first signs of diabetes in men?

“There are diabetes warning signs and symptoms that both women and men have in common, for example”:

  • “Excessive thirst and hunger”.
  • “Frequent urination” (from urinary tract infections or kidney problems)
  • “Weight loss or gain”.
  • “Fatigue”.
  • “Irritability”.
  • “Blurred vision”.
  • “Slow-healing wounds”.
  • “Nausea”.
  • “Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

Our Dad had type 2 diabetes, although he didn’t have all of the typical sypmtoms of this condition (eg he could go hours without eating and not feel hungry or need something sweet etc). Unfortunately, he suffered tragic consequences as a result of one of the symptoms which was loss of feeling in his feet. When bathing his feet were rested on the top of the bath, (our Dad was a tall man and so this is what he would regularly do). However, one day he must have fallen asleep and his foot turned on the hot tap. He couldn’t feel the heat of the water and burnt both of his feet. One foot had first degree burns; the other foot had 2nd-degree burns. Thinking about this it’s unimaginable what it felt like for our Dad. He had such a strong pain threshold which at the time made us not realise the severity of his burns as he was still mobile as ever despite the fact. The Doctors caring for his feet, and the Doctors and Nurses in the hospital where he was an inpatient would always comment on how strong our Dad was. Because that our Dad has this condition, we also have a topic on Diabetes/Diabetes Awareness.

10.3 13 Diabetes Symptoms in Men: Erectile dysfunction and more

Diabetes raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and can cause problems with your eyes, kidneys, and skin, among other things. Diabetes can also lead to erectile dysfunction (ED) and other urological problems in men”.

10.4 How does type 2 diabetes affect men?

“Men with diabetes are much more more likely to experience ED than men who don’t have diabetes, according to a report published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy. High blood sugar harms small blood vessels or nerves, which can affect a man’s ability to get an erection”. (30 Oct 2019).

10.5 How does diabetes affect a man?

“Impact on men”

“Studies show that men with diabetes often have reduced testosterone levels, which can affect their sex drive. … However, diabetes damages the blood vessels, which can affect blood flow to the penis. Diabetes can also lead to nerve damage and make it more difficult for him to maintain an erection”. (5 Apr 2019).

10.6 What age do men get diabetes?

“Age at the time of diagnosis”

“In 2015, adults aged 45 to 64 were the most diagnosed age group for diabetes. New cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in people aged 18 years and older were distributed as follows: ages 18 to 44: 355,000 new cases. ages 45 to 64: 809,000 new cases”. (6 Jul 2018).

10.7 What race is most likely to get diabetes?

“In the U.S. scientists have found different rates of diabetes among people of different races”:

  • “Pacific Islanders and American Indians have the highest rates of diabetes among the 5 racial groups counted in the U.S. Census”.
  • “Diabetes is also more common among African-Americans and Asian-Americans compared to whites”. More items… (30 Jun 2019)

10.8 Who is at risk for diabetes?

“Are physically active less than 3 times a week. Have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds. Are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk)”.

10.9 Diabetes Symptoms in Men – Diabetes UK

“Genital thrush is a yeast infection that can occur if blood sugar levels are high, causing sugar to be passed out via the urine. Symptoms of genital” …

10.10 Men & Diabetes | Diabetes | CDC

“Team up with your doctor to manage diabetes-related problems so you can stay in the game. Causes of ED. Damage from high blood sugar or” …

10.11 One In Ten: The Male Diabetes Crisis | Men’s Health Forum

“The growing diabetes crisis is quite literally decimating men with one in ten now affected. Men are more likely to develop the disease than women and more likely” …

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11 Diabetes signs, symptoms, causes

11.1 Why do people get diabetes?

“Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs because the body is unable to use blood sugar (glucose) properly. The exact cause of this malfunction is unknown, but genetic and environmental factors play a part. Risk factors for diabetes include obesity and high levels of cholesterol”.

11.2 What’s the worst diabetes?

“In type 2 diabetes, the body isn’t able to use insulin the right way. This is called insulin resistance. As type 2 diabetes gets worse, the pancreas may make less and less insulin”.

11.3 Which diabetes is hereditary?

“Type 2 diabetes is associated with insulin resistance rather than the lack of insulin, as seen in type 1 diabetes. This often is obtained as a hereditary tendency from one’s parents. Insulin levels in these patients are usually normal or higher than average but the body’s cells are rather sluggish to respond to it. (22 Jan 2013).

11.4 Is diabetes inherited from mother or father?

Genetics Play a Role in Type 2 Diabetes

“Type 2 diabetes can be hereditary. That doesn’t mean that if your mother or father has (or had) type 2 diabetes, you’re guaranteed to develop it; instead, it means that you have a greater chance of developing type 2”. (6 Jul 2018).

11.5 Can diabetes kill you?

“In the worst cases, diabetes can kill you. Each week diabetes causes thousands of complications like stroke, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and heart failure. But by taking action now you can lower your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes and suffering these complications”.

11.6 Can diabetes be avoided?

“Type 1 diabetes can‘t be prevented. … There’s no reliable way to predict who will get type 1 diabetes, but blood tests can find early signs of it. These tests aren’t done routinely, however, because doctors don’t have any way to stop a child from developing the disease, even if the tests are positive”.

11.7 How can you avoid getting diabetes?

Here are 13 ways to avoid getting diabetes.

  1. “Cut Sugar and Refined Carbs From Your Diet”.
  2. “Work Out Regularly”.
  3. “Drink Water as Your Primary Beverage”.
  4. “Lose Weight If You’re Overweight or Obese”.
  5. “Quit Smoking”.
  6. “Follow a Very-Low-Carb Diet”.
  7. “Watch Portion Sizes”.
  8. “Avoid Sedentary Behaviors”. More items… (29 Jan 2017)

11.8 What’s the main cause of diabetes?

“Type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune system destroying the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. This causes diabetes by leaving the body without enough insulin to function normally. This is called an autoimmune reaction, or autoimmune cause, because the body is attacking itself”. (15 Jan 2019).

11.9 What’s the main cause of diabetes?

“Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose. Absence or insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes”.

11.10 What should I eat to prevent diabetes?

The following foods may help prevent type 2 diabetes.

  • “Whole Grains. Whole grains may be high in carbohydrates, but research puts them among the foods classified as having a “high” likelihood of protecting against diabetes”.
  • “Broccoli”.
  • “Spinach”.
  • “Blueberries”.
  • “Grapefruit”.
  • “Plain Yogurt”.
  • “Water”.
  • “Garbanzo Beans”. More items… (23 Mar 2019).

11.11 Can diabetes go away?

“Diabetes is a condition that affects blood sugar levels and causes many serious health problems if left untreated or uncontrolled. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can go into remission. People can manage it with medication and lifestyle changes”. (27 Mar 2019).

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12. Illustrative Examples: Men and Heart Disease

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13.  YouTube Video: Heart Disease

What is heart failure?

British Heart Foundation

“This animation explains what heart failure is, including its causes and symptoms, and shows the impact that heart failure can have on a person’s life. For more information on heart failure, visit”: https://www.bhf.org.uk/HF

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14. Men and Heart Disease

Heart disease in men is a matter that is close to us. Our Dad was diagnosed with Infective Endocarditis in September 2016. It is a profoundly serious life-threatening heart condition. We have a topic on Infective Endocarditis which goes into this condition in more depth. We will also be doing a topic on Infective Endocarditis and blindness, as unfortunately due to this condition and late diagnosis dispite our concerns being voiced, our Dad went blind because the infection went into his eyes.

14.1 Men and Heart Disease

“The term heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. This map shows death rates from heart disease in men in the United States. The darker red indicates a higher death rate”. (31 Jan 2020).

14.2 Common signs of Heart Disease in Men – Healthline

“Early signs of heart disease. The first sign of heart disease is often a heart attack or other serious event. But, there are a few important signs that can help”.

14.3 Is heart disease more common in men?

“Researchers found that throughout life, men were about twice as likely as women to have a heart attack. That higher risk persisted even after they accounted for traditional risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, body mass index, and physical activity”. (8 Nov 2016).

14.4 Why are heart attacks more common in males?

“When a woman is stressed, her pulse rate rises, and her heart pumps more blood. When a man is stressed, the arteries of his heart constrict, raising his blood pressure. … They matter because gender plays a role in the symptoms, treatments and outcomes of coronary artery disease (CAD)”. (21 Feb 2020).

14.5 What are the 4 signs your heart is quietly failing?

Heart failure signs and symptoms may include:

  • “Shortness of breath (dyspnea) when you exert yourself or when you lie down”.
  • “Fatigue and weakness”.
  • “Swelling (edema) in your legs, ankles and feet”.
  • “Rapid or irregular heartbeat”.
  • “Reduced ability to exercise”.
  • “Persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink blood-tinged phlegm”. More items… (23 Dec 2017).

14.6 What are 4 types of heart diseases?

4 Types of Heart Disease — and How to Help Prevent Them

  • “Coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD), also known as coronary artery disease, is among the most common type of heart disease”.
  • “Arrhythmia”.
  • “Heart valve disease”.
  • “Heart failure”.
  • “How to take care of your heart”. (12 Feb 2019).

14.7 Why are heart attacks so common?

“The increase in young people having heart attacks is dramatically on the rise. Experts say this is due to poor lifestyle choices such as lack of exercise and a bad diet. And unless something changes, the number will only continue to increase”. (26 Apr 2019).

14.8 Can heart disease be cured?

“A: Although we can‘t cure heart disease, we can make it better. Most forms of heart disease are very treatable today. There is some evidence that normalizing high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol to very low levels will partially reverse plaques in the coronary arteries. … We can repair or replace diseased valves”. (7 Sep 2018).

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15. Useful links:

Free ‘activity menu’ for Men’s Health Week

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16. Our Final Thoughts

  • Men and health
  • Men and Grief
  • Grief
  • Death

These are all considered to be taboo subjects, however they are all very important matters, that deserve the right to be expressed openly in some way.

Without our health we do not really have much else. Life is too precious and too short. Whilst we are here, trying to look after ourselves and trying to stay healthy is something that is essential. It can be easier said than done at the best of times, but in the long run keeping a check on ourselves from time to time is very important, benefical and worthwhile.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our condolonces to all those who lost their life in the horrific and tragic event that occured in Grenfell Tower Three years ago (14th June 2017). Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost their loved ones and to those who became homeless because of this devastating tragedy. We hope justice will proveil and the other buildings with the same matarials will removed.

We hope this topic might be of use to someone and we wish everyone a blessed and safe day, and week.

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