Men’s Health in Their 30s: The Behaviors to Avoid

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As we age, we inevitably undergo a series of changes along the way, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. One way or another, these changes ultimately affect our lifestyle and overall health. Not only does it affect your body and mind, but it also generates a butterfly effect that will most certainly create an impact on the people and your family around you.

Men generally do not put enough effort into checking their health status because of complacency. The unfortunate truth is that men are still expected to act and look tough for society and are most likely to turn down opportunities to visit the doctor. This is a bad thing, as earlier symptoms of certain diseases cannot be diagnosed and treated as early as possible, which would lead to a worse health situation later on in life. In the world we live in today, it is a lot safer for you to have regular checkups rather than wait when things get much worse. The stigma that men as young as 30 or even in their 20s are not too old yet to have a doctor check up on them from time to time needs to be removed because even a minor check on your blood pressure or cholesterol levels can prevent you from having a grave illness that could affect you for the rest of your life.

As much as men like to ignore potential health problems in their body, their usual behaviors are certainly one of the biggest factors that put themselves at risk, namely:

Binge drinking

Drinking alcohol in excessive amounts contributes to the risk of having cancer, not just in the liver, but it could also form cancer cells within the mouth, esophagus, throat, and colon. While it may indeed be a great sedative that numbs you away from your recurring problems, the negative effects that it poses are a sign that drinking a lot is not worth it. Heavy drinking could lead to:

  • Slower immune system. Alcohol affects your white blood cells, doing its work in protecting you from common diseases a lot more sluggish. This, in turn, could lead to the higher possibility of you being diagnosed with pneumonia or tuberculosis.
  • Dysfunctional bone production. Excessive drinking of alcohol prevents your skeletal system more prone to osteoporosis and bone fractures.
  • Erectile dysfunction. Alcohol abuse may affect your fertility and will make your married life a lot more difficult if you still want kids in the future. Erectile dysfunction can be effectively treated by GAINSwave therapy, but quitting alcohol drinking altogether may reduce the risk of you having reproductive problems.
  • Prostate cancer. This particular kind of cancer is one of the warned silent killers for aging men, and alcohol will speed up the process of it. As for the year 2021, approximately 34,000 deaths are being predicted due to prostate cancer. Prostate cancer cannot be cured but can be treated—but there is still no room for complacency as it is still deadly.
  • Heart problems. Consuming too much alcohol may lead to a higher risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, or even poisoning.

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Uncontrolled temper

Yes, even untreated anger can cause potential health risks for you. Anger isn’t just a mild emotion; it is something that you can feel from the very tips of your toes up to every single strand of your hair. While this emotion is not avoidable, the way you act accordingly to parallel your anger will certainly help define your health. Men usually experience pent-up anger that later turns into an outward rage that can turn from unreasonable down to outright horrible. This could pose several health risks:

  • Cardiac arrest. As soon as an angry outburst occurs, the risk of having a heart attack doubles in possibility. Hidden anger that is not communicated well to the other person in a healthy way will eventually drive you up to your limits, and situations could go ugly.
  • Stroke. When you have an angry outburst, your blood pressure will certainly go up high to an alarming level. Unlevelled rage is one easy way for your brain to produce a blood clot or internal bleeding.
  • Respiratory problems. Even if you stay away from smoking, having pent-up anger is also one way to pose a risk to your lungs. Your anger will drive up your adrenaline levels and speed up your breathing due to the overwhelming emotion and cause you breathing problems in the long run.

Life is indeed too short to waste your days by being angry anyway, and that alcohol in your hands is not a solution to your problems, although it may seem that way. Once you start feeling the effects of aging, the one good response you must do is not speed it up. Learn to set limits for yourself and learn how to act your emotions out in a healthy manner. Remember to take care of your body, as how it takes care of you.

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