SOURCE: Feel Good for Life

June 10, 2008 03:04 ET

Men's Health Week Is an Opportunity to Make a New Start

Multivitamins, Minerals, a Healthy Diet and, Most of All, Exercise Are the Keys to Longevity and Improved Quality of Life for Adult Men

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Father's Day is just around the corner. We all look forward to spending time with our fathers and grandfathers and Men's Health Week is dedicated to making sure that men stay around for a long time. Feel Good For Life, an online resource for men's health, focuses on heart health since cardiovascular fitness is one of the major factors affecting men's health. In fact, heart disease is the U.S. adult male's number one killer. Chief among treatment and prevention recommendations is exercise, yet only 40% of U.S. adults are physically active in their leisure time. This week is an opportunity to make a change in men's health across the country.

Experts agree that getting little or no exercise increases cardiovascular disease risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight, and more than half are men. A Harvard study found that exercise equivalent to walking 20 miles/week burns enough calories to lower heart attack risk by 64%.

American Heart Association statistics show that 33% of adults have high blood pressure and nearly 65% do not have it under control. Studies show that exercise cuts the risk of high blood pressure by 25 to 50%.

Nearly 30% of Americans have high cholesterol. That number increases to 50% for those between 60 and 69, and 75% for those over 70. A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise revealed that the odds of needing cholesterol medication are lowered by 64% with regular vigorous exercise like running, but even walking is significant.

National Institutes of Health statistics say diabetes affects 7% of U.S. adults. That number climbs to 10% for those between 40 and 59, and to over 20% for those 60 and older. The risk of developing diabetes is four times greater in men who do not exercise.

The impact of exercise on men's health is significant. In addition to running or walking, there are several indoor exercises that are also beneficial. Multivitamins and mineral supplements are also recommended -- especially CoQ10, fish oils, calcium and magnesium, glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM.

Men who want to live longer and improve their quality of life would be wise to take advantage of Men's Health Week and make a new start towards optimal health. For more articles about men's health visit http://www.feelgoodforlife.com.

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