Men’s Health Month: What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
6 Top Health Issues for Men
One of the leading causes of death for men in the United States is heart disease. (1) According to the American Heart Association, more than one in three adult men have some form of heart disease. (2) Heart disease includes a range of conditions; some may experience just one condition while others experience multiple. Some of these heart conditions include coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, congenital heart defects, and heart infection. (3)
Alcohol-Related Deaths & Emergencies
Although drinking is common among both men and women, the CDC states that men are almost twice as likely to binge drink than women and that nearly 59% of men report drinking alcohol in the last 30 days as compared to 47% of women. Men also have a higher rate of alcohol-related hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. (4)
Accidents and Unintentional Injury
Cancer is no respecter of persons, but the CDC states that men have a higher rate of developing and dying from cancer than women. Some of the most common types of cancer among men are colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer. There are a variety of risk factors that can contribute to your chances of developing cancer, including a lack of physical activity, poor diet, genetics or family medical history, alcohol and tobacco use, and age. (8, 9, 10)
Cirrhosis is a chronic degenerative disease in the liver where healthy cells become damaged and are replaced by scar tissue. Cirrhosis is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and it is twice as common in men as it is in women. The leading causes of cirrhosis are long-term alcoholism and chronic liver infections like hepatitis B and C. (11)
If you regularly consume alcohol, especially more than the daily recommended amount, you may be increasing your chances of developing cirrhosis. Other common risk factors include obesity, family medical history, and a deficiency of specific liver or milk-digesting enzymes. (11)
The CDC has found that men have higher percentages of both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. (12) The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also states that more men have prediabetes than women. (13) Diabetes can occur as a result of various different factors. Type 1 diabetes is suspected to be caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, however, is strongly linked to being overweight, in addition to other factors. (14)
How You Can Help Prevent Major Health Conditions
- Visiting your doctor for regular checkups
- Reducing or eliminating your tobacco and alcohol consumption
- Exercising regularly, even if it’s just walking
- Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
- Practicing general safety precautions
- Becoming more aware of your personal and family medical history
- Reducing stress in your life
Echo Antioxidant Water™ May Help Reduce Health Risks
With heart disease being one of the top three leading causes of death among men, it is important for all the men out there to be aware of their heart health. Heart disease consists of a variety of conditions, each of which have various contributing factors. Some of the most common factors include poor diet; smoking; other health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, stress, and infection; and more. (15) Molecular hydrogen has been shown to have powerful antioxidant benefits, which many scientists believe can be beneficial in reducing the onset or progression of various diseases, including heart disease.
One study found that molecular hydrogen treatment significantly reduced damage and apoptosis (cell death) caused by oxidative stress in cardiac muscle cells, thus helping to reduce the progression of chronic heart failure. (16)
Another study found that hydrogen-rich saline treatments helped reduce atrial fibrosis (also known as atrial fibrillation), which is characterized by an irregular and often faster heartbeat. The data showed that molecular hydrogen helped down-regulate (reduce a cellular response) the JAK-STAT signaling pathway. (17) This signal pathway is involved in several important cellular processes, including apoptosis and immune regulation. The JAK-STAT signaling pathway has also been shown to be closely related to several immune and inflammatory diseases. (18)
Studies have found that inflammation may be a contributing factor to the development of atrial fibrillation. (19) By inhibiting the JAK-STAT signaling system, molecular hydrogen may be able to help reduce not only atrial fibrillation but also cardiac hypertrophy (a type heart disease involving thick heart muscle). (17)
Liver issues such as cirrhosis come about from a variety of issues, one of which is alcohol abuse. Because men statistically tend to drink more than women, this increases their risk of developing cirrhosis and other liver issues.
For those who have developed cirrhosis of the liver, an increase in oxidative stress can lead to a variety of additional health issues. Studies have found that hydrogen-rich saline treatment can help improve the condition of those with these health issues. The molecular hydrogen in the saline was found to inhibit inflammatory cytokines and other contributing factors. These results show that molecular hydrogen may be able to help reduce the effects of complications that patients with cirrhosis may experience. (20)
Hepatitis B and C are other common contributing factors to the development of cirrhosis. Oxidative stress has been shown to be an obvious side effect in patients with hepatitis B, which can impair liver function and lead to cirrhosis. One study on hydrogen-rich water found that a hydrogen-rich water treatment helped to significantly reduce oxidative stress, improve liver function, and reduce hepatitis B DNA. This shows that hydrogen-rich water may help reduce the symptoms and severity of hepatitis B, thus helping to reduce your chances of developing cirrhosis. (21)
Obesity is growing more common between both men and women, and this disease opens the gate for many other health issues to arise — including those that men tend to be more susceptible to. Several studies have found that molecular hydrogen can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight; it does this by boosting your energy, reducing fatigue, and reducing lactic acid, making it easier for you to exercise more frequently and for longer periods of time. (22, 23, 24)
One study found that molecular hydrogen can stimulate energy metabolism and any of the reactions in the body that produce ATP for energy. (25) This means that instead of reaching for sugary drinks like soda or coffee for an energy boost, you can drink hydrogen-rich Echo Antioxidant Water™ and help reduce your intake of unhealthy foods.
Another study found that drinking hydrogen-rich water before exercise helped to increase endurance and reduce fatigue. (26) With such benefits, you can work out harder and longer, thus making it easier for you to achieve your weight goals.
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Diabetes is common among both men and women, but having diabetes can lead to the development of several other health conditions, some of which are specific only to men. Some of these conditions include erectile dysfunction and reduced muscle mass. (27)
Several studies have looked at how molecular hydrogen and hydrogen-rich water may be able to help those who have diabetes. One study found that hydrogen-rich water can significantly help reduce both your blood cholesterol and glucose levels, as well as improve redox homeostasis (the maintenance of nucleophilic tone, which accounts for a healthy and steady physiological state). (28, 29) These results show that hydrogen gas has the potential to help lower risk factors of metabolic syndromes, such as diabetes.
Another study found that molecular hydrogen has similar metabolic effects to those of insulin. In the study, researchers found that molecular hydrogen may be able to help improve glycemic control, especially those with Type 1 diabetes. (30)
Although there are no studies claiming that molecular hydrogen can prevent or cure cancer, there are studies that have found that hydrogen gas may be able to help reduce the severity of cancer treatment side effects and aid in the effectiveness of traditional cancer treatments.
One study looked at how molecular hydrogen can help reduce inflammation and control cancer. The results found that patients who received a treatment of hydrogen inhalation reported improvements in fatigue, anorexia, insomnia, and pain. 41.5% of patients had improved physical health, with the most improved being among those with lung cancer. Tumor markers decreased in 36.2% of patients, the greatest reduction also being among those with lung cancer. Such results indicate that molecular hydrogen may be able to help improve the quality of life of cancer patients while also helping to control the cancer’s progression. (31)
Supporting the Men in Our Lives
Men play an important role in each of our lives, and we want to help all of the men out there stay as healthy as possible. By regularly visiting your doctor, eating well, and exercising regularly, you can greatly increase your chances of avoiding harmful health conditions.
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