NCTV Episode 36

Continuing with the series of bitesize health tip videos which can be found here on my YouTube Channel, this episode, includes:-

  • Poor Health Habits To Avoid
  • The Facts
  • 5 Actions To Improve Men’s Health
  • Top Tips
  • Borat and Fulham FC Owner Shahid Khan

Transcript

If you’d prefer to read the content within, rather than watch the video, then feel free to read the transcript, as follows:-

Hello and welcome to NCTV Episode 36, all about Men’s Health and what you can do to improve it, either for yourself (if you’re a man), or to pass on to the men in your life.

Rather aptly, November, when this video was published, is a heavily male orientated month in the awareness day calendar.

International Men’s Day was a few days ago on the 19th, raising awareness for male suicide.

And also, Movember is in full swing of course, as it is every year, where men grow moustaches to highlight their support for some of the biggest health issues faced by men such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Sadly, it’s an unfortunate fact that men are less likely to lead a healthier lifestyle and more likely to smoke, drink alcohol to hazardous levels and be overweight or obese. These lifestyles can lead to serious diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and strokes and for that reason 1 in 5 men die before the age of 65, put another way, that’s 20% of men who won’t reach retirement age.

The biggest single cause of death in men is cancer and the biggest single thing we can do to prevent serious diseases such as this and cardiovascular disease is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Men who have unhealthy lifestyles are also more likely to:

  • Suffer from mental health issues
  • Be at risk from heart attack
  • And suffer from diabetes, chronic liver disease and cancer

The risks of developing the diseases mentioned can however, all be reduced by leading a healthy lifestyle.

There are many steps that can be taken to improve this but five actions that will make the biggest difference are:-

  1. Looking after your relationships and mental wellbeing. Mental health is really important so if you find you’re drinking too much, showing signs of depression or bipolar or have a family history of mental illness, suicide and or substance abuse, you really need someone to help you review this and issue the appropriate advice
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Drinking sensibly
  4. Being active – and you can do this by varying your exercises and workouts for an age appropriate mix of aerobics, muscle training and stretching
  5. Watching you weight and eating to thrive by getting enough nutrition is critical, try focusing on nutrients though rather than calories. If you’re unable to achieve a well-balanced diet filled with the likes of fruit, veg and whole grains, with heart healthy fiber or natural antioxidants then it could be good to consider supplements of things you may be deficient in such as fish oil capsules containing Omega-3 and Vitamin D for example

Some of the other things you can do to help:-

  • Check your bits regularly for any lumps or bumps and if there any, get them checked out by a doctor
  • Turn up to your NHS health check and find out about any screenings that may be useful to you such as for prostate or colorectal cancer
  • Be sure to also support your friends and colleagues with their mental and physical health – always take it seriously as you never know how bad it might be, until it’s too late.
  • And one last great tip is to prioritise your sleep – aim for 8 hours but get a minimum of 7 and that’s something you shouldn’t compromise on if you are to avoid the effects of sleep deprivation

And there we have it for today, hope the tash’s are coming well and be sure to tune in next week for some more bitesize bits to help your health flourish.

Bye bye for now!