Movember

13 November, 2018


Movember is the name of an amazing charity that is working tirelessly to raise awareness of Men’s health issues. Throughout November you will see lots of promotions, fund raising activities and moustaches everywhere.

The key issues they highlight are:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Suicide prevention/Mental health support

These are all big subjects and very serious health issues. Did you know that prostate cancer rates are likely to double in the next 15 years and testicular cancer has already doubled in the last 50 years? This demonstrates the importance of awareness of these conditions.

We live in a world where men tend not to prioritise their health and get on with “doing” “solving” and “succeeding”. This is our cultural heritage. Men often feel they should be strong and provide for their family. This attitude seems to exclude them looking after themselves. Ultimately, this means that men are dying on average 6 years before women. You can change this statistic by following the excellent advice from Movember and ourselves of course!

It is no coincidence that Movember uses a moustache as their logo! Yes it is a male thing to have a moustache but they use it as a conversation opener too. Men who don’t normally wear a moustache often get comments from those who notice their moustache. This then allows them to introduce the subject of men’s health. Why is this approach needed? Because men do not talk about their health!

For me, this highlights a very real area of concern. It seems that men suffer in silence worrying about things that could sometimes be easily resolved. It is not unusual for men not to share their fears with friends and family, they feel they must cope and be strong. Movember is trying to change this and encourage open communication between:

  • male friends
  • between sons and fathers
  • between teachers and pupils

Women can play their part by being observant and noticing any changes in their men. If they do see changes hopefully they can support their man to seek help and support.

Preventative Action

We take an approach that prevention is better than cure. Typically, the advice we give applies equally to men or women.

A healthy life is supported by:

  • A healthy diet
    • Organic foods
    • Plenty of fruit and vegetables
    • Hydration from water
  • Sadly, our dietary requirements are not easily fulfilled by diet alone. In my opinion our soil is depleted of too many nutrients for us to achieve the necessary levels of nutrients through diet alone. Our nutrient absorption can be further impacted by
    • Medication
    • Stress
    • Digestive issues
    • Alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Exercise
    • Age


This is why we feature supplements as part of our healthy regime. A good supplement will help you address any shortfall in your diet!

  • A good work/life balance. We finally seem to understand that "All work and no play make Jack & Jill dull boys & girls"

We all experience pressures from work or other commitments, especially family. The trick is to ensure there is time for you in amongst all of these demands. Make time for fun, laughter and doing things that really give you pleasure.

You could think of it this way: investing some time and effort now will give you a healthier future and the long term benefits associated with that. What better investment is there than you?

Nutrients for Men

In addition to the usual suspects:

  • A good multivitamin and mineral
  • Omega oils
  • Immune Support
  • Antioxidants
  • Prebiotics for gut health

We recommend:

Vitamin D

This vitamin is important to men because it supports both testosterone production and strong bones. In this country, the lack of reliable sunlight – the main source of vitamin D means that any of us can become deficient quite easily. Our lifestyle being sedentary and indoor compound the issue even further.

Vitamin B12

Our diets are changing and more of us are excluding meat regularly from our diets. Add the impact of some medications and aging and there is a real possibility that you could become B12 deficient. If you are not eating meat or salmon we highly recommend a supplement. B12 supports energy production, our immune and nervous systems as well as helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Vitamin K

This nutrient is important for healthy bones and normal blood clotting.

Magnesium

This mineral is a favourite of mine because it supports us in so many ways. It is an excellent stress buster, helps you to sleep and eases muscle spasms to name but a few of its uses. Partner it with B complex at times of stress and you will feel so much more able to cope.

Top Health Concerns for Men

As highlighted at the beginning of this blog Movember focus on:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Suicide prevention/Mental health support

Prostate health highlights many of Movember’s key messages. Know your family history – are prostate conditions in your family history? Talk to each other if you feel something has changed either go to your doctor or at least talk to someone find out if they have experienced what you are.

The message to monitor breasts has saved many lives. Learn from this be proactive, know what feels right for you and observe and react if you notice changes.

A partner of mine knew that his father had a prostate condition so when he first started to get symptoms we were able to address it straight away. Thanks to Prostasan a fabulous A.Vogel product he didn’t need the operation his father endured. More on prostate support and other health issues in our blog on Mens Health Week.

Cancer needs to be managed by your Doctor so again be proactive. Follow our preventative advice and lead a healthy lifestyle but address any potential problem as soon as you become aware. This increases your survival chances so much.

Mental Health and Suicide

A harsh reality is that 75% of suicides are male. If no other fact speaks to you surely this one will. Men need help and they need to ask for help. Check in with your friends and make sure they are all ok.

There is so much help out there please talk to someone. It may feel like you are at the end of your tether but changes can be made and you can smile again. Never give up.

We have written about mental health and stress a few times and refer to our blogs on Mental Health and our top tips to deal with anxiety.

Smoking

You may have started smoking to fit in at school or because you were curious. There is so much evidence now to show smoking is bad for your health and those around you. Give up and put all that money into something fun that you can enjoy. If you struggle we have suggestions to help you come and see us!

Alcohol

Stressed people tend to drink to alleviate stress. Men carry a lot of stress. A drink only makes it go away until the effect wears off and then if you have a hangover you may feel bad all over again. Take time to understand what is causing your stress and find ways to resolve the problem then you can enjoy a drink rather than using it to hide your problems.

Weight

Poor diet, lack of exercise, stress and alcohol can all contribute to weight gain. Being overweight then leads to other potential illness like:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol

The Male Menopause

This is perhaps not a major concern and often a subject of hilarity but now we have your attention.

Yes it is real and we talked about it in our blog.

Follow our healthy lifestyle and eating habits and you will feel improvements in ways you can’t imagine. You will have more energy, look better in your clothes, be able to do more, think clearer and feel great. Don’t forget there will also be lots of bonuses that you can’t see like reducing your likelihood of getting the conditions listed above.

We hope that this article has helped and encouraged you. Have that conversation, ask for help or check on someone you are concerned about. It’s just a chat with someone.

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