By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 05 June 2020
The 10th to the 16th of June marks Men’s Health Week so what better time to take care of the men in your life, whether that is yourself, your partner or a family member. Now more than ever it’s apparent that we need to consider men’s health both physically and mentally – male suicides have consistently accounted for approximately three-quarters of all suicides in the UK since the mid-1990s.
Moreover, studies have shown that masculinity is negatively correlated with a willingness to take medication to improve mental health. Our experts are on hand to offer their advice on ways to support men’s health.
Nowadays, it’s the norm to stay chained to your desk for the majority of the day. Unfortunately although you’re working hard, more desk time and increasingly sedentary lifestyles are causing an increase in major health issues, including type 2 diabetes! In fact men make up 55% of the workforce, but account for 92% of all workplace deaths.
Dr Sarah Brewer, working in association with the type 2 diabetes supplement CuraLin (www.curalife.co) explains and offers her tips for ways to minimise your risk of obtaining the ‘lifestyle disease’…
1. Move more
“If you work in an office, there’s a good chance you spend a large part of your day seated at a desk. Sitting for long periods of time during the day is linked with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and premature death.
Stand and walk around at least every 20 to 30 minutes. Build regular exercise into your every day – for example, walking to and from work, or at least part of the way. Stand as much as possible – there is a growing trend for standing desks, for example, and for walking meetings!
As well as this, avoid temptation of cakes and biscuits by taking in healthy snacks – fruit, hummus and carrots, for example. It is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain hydration. Ultimately, you should walk as much as possible – walk to a local park to eat your healthy packed lunch, brisk walking for at least 30 minutes (and preferably an hour) on most days is ideal”.
2. Read the signs
If you’re already suffering with type 2 diabetes, you may be aware of the recognised complication that co-occurs as a result of the disease. Dr Brewer explains, “Erectile dysfunction affects at least one in five men over 60 but is becoming increasingly common in younger men, and is a recognised complication of type 2 diabetes.
Having persistently raised blood glucose levels can damage artery linings, leading to atherosclerosis (hardening and furring up of the arteries), which affects the blood flow changes needed to achieve and maintain an erection. Raised glucose levels can also damage the autonomic nerves that regulate sexual reflexes and can contribute to erectile difficulties.”
3. Consider a supplement
If you’re already suffering with type 2 diabetes, have CuraLin at your desk to help balance your glucose levels. CuraLin (£59.00, www.curalife.co) is a nutritional supplement made from a mixture of eleven natural ingredients, which are derived from Ayurvedic medicine that work with the body to help balance the blood sugar levels of those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes.