When it comes to men’s health myths, what you believe to be true may be just as dangerous as what you don’t know. Even the most educated of fellas tend to believe some surprisingly inaccurate health myths. Here are six men’s health fallacies that need to be retired.
When it comes to exercise: “no pain, no gain.”
According to trainers this isn’t true. While it’s possible for resistance training to become intense and therefore somewhat discomforting, outright pain should always be avoided. Remember, pain is your body’s way of telling you when to stop. Pushing past that point is unhealthy and dangerous.
Prostate cancer is a disease that only strikes senior citizens.
While it’s true that most prostate cancer deaths occur in patients between the ages of 70 and 75, your risk of developing the disease increases when you’re just 45. And if that’s not young enough, those who are genetically predisposed to prostate cancer can develop it at an even younger age.
Only women get breast cancer.
Granted, breast cancer typically strikes women, but it’s possible for men to develop this potentially deadly disease as well. Contributing factors like genetics, obesity and liver disease can increase your chances of this type of cancer that’s becoming increasingly common among men.
Alzheimer’s is only seen in really old men.
Most people think that Alzheimer’s disease only shows itself during the last few years of a person’s life and results in immediate dementia. However, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that can do a lot of damage before patients finally succumb in the end. It’s not unusual for a patient to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a decade before it reaches its fatal conclusion.
Osteoporosis only affects women.
While women are at increased risk of this debilitating disease as a result of menopause and their smaller frames, many men also develop osteoporosis—particularly men who live to a ripe old age. Your risk of developing osteoporosis increases if you don’t eat a diet that’s conductive to good bone health.
When you’re sick you should “feed a cold and starve a fever.”
In both cases, the best way to feel better is to eat regularly and drink a lot. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things that you can do when you’re sick because you lose a lot of fluids when you’re not feeling well. Eat the same as you normally would to keep up your health.
There are a lot of health myths out there, but you can count on your chiropractic team to set you straight. If you’d like to know what really works to keep you healthy, contact your chiropractor. He or she will be able to provide you with expert advice that goes beyond the hype.
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