The reason we do what we do here at Blokes Advice is because suicide continues to be the leading killer of Aussie men aged under 55... but its not the only one. In this one, we want to talk about what health looks like post 55, and the older you get, the more likely it is that coronary heart disease is what is going to take you out.
The good news with heart disease is there are A LOT of things you can do to improve this side of your health. Bad news, this is a long term game and changes made now could very well get you that extra decade or two on the back end of your life which might seem like a long way away, but don't get there to wish you did things differently.
Why Is Heart Disease A Significant Concern?
It's essential to understand the magnitude of the problem. Heart disease encompasses a range of conditions affecting the heart, from blood vessel diseases to heart rhythm problems. It can lead to fatal consequences if not addressed in time. The reason this is quite concerning is because many of the risk factors are pretty common in the general culture of being an Aussie bloke.
Know the Risk Factors
Drawing insights from a comprehensive article on men's health, the primary risk factors for heart disease include:
Age: As men grow older, the risk increases.
Tobacco: Smoking and passive exposure can significantly elevate the risk. We’re not doctors, but we’re sure vaping doesn’t help either.
High Blood Pressure: A silent threat that often goes unnoticed.
High Blood Cholesterol: Diet plays a key role here.
Physical Inactivity: The sedentary lifestyle is a culprit.
Obesity: Carrying extra weight can strain the heart.
Diabetes: A condition that needs effective management.
Family History: Genetics can play a role too.
What can you actually change?
Get moving boys: Another good thing about being an Aussie is there is no shortage of shit to do outdoor that will get your heart rate up. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
Eat Smart: Switch to heart-healthy diets with plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats. Limiting saturated fats, salts, and sugars can go a long way. Consider cooking a BBQ with lean cuts and plenty of colourful salads. At the very least, cut out some of the servo crap.
Limit Alcohol: While enjoying a cold one is part of the culture, moderation is key. We don’t need to tell you that putting away a couple slabs a week isn’t doing your ticker any favours.
Don't Smoke: If you smoke, seek support to quit. The benefits begin the moment you stop.
Check Your Numbers: Regular check-ups are essential. Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. You can head over to our Find A Professional page to find a GP near you that can run you through everything you ened to know.
Manage Stress: Find healthy ways to cope with stress. Whether it's fishing, gym, or seeking professional support, managing stress can protect your heart.
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