Help Dad Avoid These Top 5 Health Risks

Jun 07, 2010, 09:00 ET from

CHICAGO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ --, the leading health destination for African Americans, has created a list of the top five health threats to men.  Keep this go-to guide handy so you and your dad have all the tools you need to live longer, healthier and happier lives.

No. 1 — Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading health threat for men. Take charge by making healthier lifestyle choices:

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fiber and fish. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat and sodium.
  • Work with you doctor to help lower high cholesterol, high blood pressure and stress.
  • Improve your lifestyle habits by maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in regular physical activity. And don't smoke!

No. 2 — Cancer

To prevent cancer, reread the bullets above and heed the ones below:

  • Consult your doctor for regular cancer screenings. Blacks need to be screened at least 10 years earlier than whites for most types of cancer, including prostate and colon cancer.
  • As with heart disease prevention, eat a healthy, fiber-rich diet, exercise regularly and don't smoke.
  • Reduce exposure to potential cancer-causing substances (carcinogens), such as radon, asbestos, radiation and air pollution.

No. 3 — Injuries

The leading cause of fatal accidents among men is motor vehicle crashes, according to the CDC. To reduce your risk of a deadly crash:

  • Wear your seat belt and follow the regulated speed limit.
  • Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or any other substances.
  • Don't drive while sleepy. Always take breaks if you need them.

No. 4 — Stroke

You can't control some stroke risk factors, such as family history, age and race. But you can control other contributing factors:

  • If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, follow your doctor's treatment recommendations. 
  • Limit the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Avoid trans fat entirely. 
  • Maintain a healthy weight and include physical activity in your daily routine. And we just can't say it enough: don't smoke!

No. 5 — COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of chronic lung conditions, including bronchitis and emphysema. To help prevent COPD: 

  • Don't smoke! This includes avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Minimize exposure to chemicals, excessive dust, cooking gas and air pollution.
  • While there is no cure for COPD, there is treatment available, so ask your doctor about solutions that will work best for you.


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