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  June is Men’s Health Month
  • Why Do Men Skip Health Tests?
  • Discover the Mouth-Body Connection
  • Solving Bad Breath Problems
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Why Do Men Skip Health Tests?

Women live 5.1 years longer on average than men. Could the male tendency to avoid doctors have anything to do with it?

Former President Bill Clinton admitted he ignored his chest pain for several months. He had also stopped taking a drug his doctor prescribed to lower his cholesterol. Extreme symptoms finally got him to a doctor – who rushed him into heart surgery.
Women across America sighed knowingly: Why is it many men won't follow medical advice or go to see a doctor before a crisis?

 

The difference between men and women
It's a fact that women are quicker to see a doctor when they develop symptoms. In contrast, men are more likely to ignore symptoms and hope they go away. Often, by the time a man sees a doctor, his symptoms may be severe and harder to manage or treat. Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the past year, according to recent U.S. government statistics. For an African American or Hispanic male, the odds of having seen a doctor are even lower. Ditto for men ages 18 to 44.

 

Women live 5.1 years longer on average than men. Could men's avoidance of doctors and routine checkups have anything to do with that?

 

Not seeing a doctor regularly means that you lose out on important health screenings or early diagnosis. You can feel fine, but still have conditions, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, that need treatment. Men may also miss out on preventive care. They are a lot more likely than women to need hospital care for illnesses that could have been prevented (pneumonia, for example) or complications from diseases like diabetes or heart failure.

 

Is seeing a doctor like asking for directions?
The rap on men is that they don't ask for directions when lost. Perhaps they think they don't need a doctor's help either?
Men's attitudes about physicals may have come from their own fathers who avoided doctors. And some boys grew up with the message that expressing pain or sickness was a sign of weakness. According to more than 1,000 men taking part in a
2007 survey commissioned by the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Thirty-six percent said they see a doctor only when "extremely sick."
  • Fifty-five percent did not have a routine physical in the last year.
  • Almost one in five, age 55 or older, had not been screened for colon cancer.

 

Men also tend to be less willing than women to discuss their health. Women may talk freely about breast lumps, depression, or urinary problems to a friend or a doctor. For some men, talking to a doctor or spouse may be embarrassing if the subject involves their genitals, bowels, or mental health.

 

Men's health is women's work
Women are usually the gatekeepers of health in the family. They are often the ones who make medical appointments
for other family members. Many men will not see a doctor unless prodded by the women in their life.

 

If you're a man, you can learn from women that getting suggested screenings and checkups can lead to a longer, healthier life. Early detection and treatment of cholesterol and blood pressure problems can prevent a heart attack or stroke. Detecting a tumor before it has spread can make the difference in whether or not a cancer is treatable.

 

If you are a woman with a man in your life, keep nudging your guy to exercise (with his doctor's OK), eat nutritiously, and seek appropriate medical care for his age and family history. In the AAFP survey, 80 percent of men with wives or girlfriends said their partner helped convince them to see a doctor. Being accused of nagging in this case is a small price to pay for possibly saving a loved one's life.

 

Many men put health screenings and regular checkups low on their to-do lists.
In fact, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, more than one in four men say they wait as long as possible before seeing a doctor, even when they feel ill. In today's world, that's understandable — work, family and friends can keep you busy 24/7. But, if you invest some time in your good health now, it can pay off big in the long run. Like any investment, however, it takes some planning. These tips may help:

 

  • Start by scheduling a checkup. During the visit, tell your doctor everything you know about your health history. This is also the time to bring up any health issues you're having — physical or emotional. Don't hold back, even if it's embarrassing. Doctors have heard it all.
  • Be screened. Information is power, and health screenings can help you and your doctor get the facts about your health.
  • Take your medicine. If your doctor has prescribed any medicines, be sure to take them as directed.
  • Polish up your healthful habits. To a large extent, your health depends on your daily behaviors. Making healthful lifestyle choices can help cut your risks of many diseases.
  • Pat yourself on the back. Taking charge of your health can help you lead a longer and healthier life — and that will benefit your loved ones as well as yourself.
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Discover the Mouth-Body Connection

Ever wonder what your dentist sees when he or she looks in your mouth? Dentists look for cavities, of course, but they can also detect signs of disease just from looking at your teeth and gums.1 In some cases, infections in your mouth can cause serious problems elsewhere in your body.

 

The perils of gum disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers have uncovered potential links between gum disease, called periodontitis, and other serious health conditions.2 These conditions include:

 

  • Diabetes3,4: People with diabetes may also have periodontal disease. Because diabetes lowers resistance and delays healing, people with poorly controlled diabetes have more dental problems and are prone to lose more teeth. Untreated, gum disease can make it difficult for people with diabetes to stabilize blood sugar levels
  • Heart disease5: Researchers have found that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than those without. Gum disease can also make existing heart conditions worse
  • Respiratory conditions6: The bacteria in gum disease can be inhaled into the lungs, aggravating respiratory conditions
  • Pregnancy complications: Pregnant women who have gum disease may be more likely to suffer pregnancy
    complications. Doctors recommend that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation
  • Rheumatoid arthritis7: Research shows that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are more than eight times as likely to have gum disease as others. Treating gum disease may alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

 

Other health problems your dentist can spot

  • Risk of stroke: Dental X-rays can reveal blockages in the head and neck arteries, which can lead to strokes
  • Oral cancer: Dental exams normally include a screening for oral cancer, which can be identified by tumors or
    sores in the mouth
  • Eating disorders: Dentists can spot anorexia and bulimia by redness in the mouth and thin tooth enamel
  • Oral thrush: Oral thrush is a yeast infection that leaves a white coating on the tongue and throat
  • Anemia: Signs of anemia include pale gums; a red, burning tongue; and irritation at the corners of the mouth
  • HIV: Symptoms include mouth sores, patches on the sides of the tongue and whiteness of the tongue caused
    by oral thrush

 

Solving bad breath problems

Bad breath can be caused by multiple factors and can easily be solved once the cause is determined.

Cause of bad breath What you can do about it
Poor dental hygiene, which causes bacteria buildup in the mouth
  • Brush your teeth and tongue twice daily
  • Floss once daily
  • If you wear dentures, take them out each night and clean them
  • See your dentist for regular cleanings
Gum disease
  • Practice good dental hygiene habits
  • If you have red or swollen gums, see your dentist right away
Dry mouth, which prevents saliva from cleaning out your mouth. Can be caused by breathing through your mouth, certain medications and salivary gland problems
  • Drink water frequently
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy
  • Ask your dentist about an artificial saliva product
Smoking or chewing tobacco

Quit. If you need help, talk to your doctor or join a stop-smoking support group

Eating or drinking certain foods or beverages, such as garlic, onions, coffee or alcohol.

Choose foods and beverages that don't cause odors

Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, stomach problems, constipation, respiratory infection and long-term sinus issues

See your doctor right away if you have a chronic condition and develop bad breath. It may be a sign that your medical problem needs attention

 

What about mouthwash and breath fresheners?
Don't rely on mouthwash or breath fresheners to fix your bad breath. They will only cover up odors temporarily, rather than addressing the underlying problem. If you have plaque (a heavy buildup of bacteria) on your teeth, your dentist may suggest an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

 

Better oral health can lead to better overall health.
In summary, the health of your teeth and gums is linked to better health overall. By brushing and flossing carefully and visiting the dentist for regular checkups, you can enjoy a healthier mouth, which plays a key role in your overall health and wellbeing.

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Better Health with Dr. Oz: Healthy Fast Food
We all love certain fast foods. To satisfy your cravings, lighten them up at home. View this video for more information!

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Source4Women Online Seminar

Most Powerful Super Foods
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
June 11, 12:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. CT

Every nutrition expert has a list of super foods, which all have something in common. Super foods can be real foods chock full of disease-preventing nutrients that are powerful enough to help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease and cancer, promote weight loss and potentially improve your mood. Join us for this informative seminar that will change the way you eat, shop and cook for your family.

 

To register for an upcoming Source4Women online seminar, visit www.source4women.com and click on "Online Seminars & Events." All seminars are recorded and archived for viewing after the live seminar date.

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June Health Tip: Wear an activity tracker.

Whether it's a Fitbit, a Nike FuelBand, or any old pedometer, studies show that people who wear a device that tracks the number of steps they've taken each day get moving more than those who don't.

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June Healthy Recipe: Orange Rice Pudding

 

A unique twist on a family favorite.

Ingredients:
2⁄3 cup Arborio rice
8 cups water
Pinch of salt
4 cups protein-fortified fat-free milk
3 Tbsp, each packed light brown sugar and granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp. grated orange zest
1⁄4 tsp. ground cardamom or cinnamon

Directions:

Place rice in sieve. Rinse under cold water, stirring with fingers to remove excess surface starch.
Place in a 5-qt saucepan with water and salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and boil 7 minutes, or until tender. Drain rice; return to pot. Stir milk and sugars into rice until sugars dissolve. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low to maintain a slow simmer. Stir frequently at first and constantly toward the end, for about 25 minutes, or until rice doubles in size, is very soft and tender, and milk has the consistency of heavy cream. Pour into a bowl; stir in vanilla, orange zest and cardamom. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Let cool. Refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours, before serving.


Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 242 - Fat: 2 g

Saturated Fat: 1 g - Cholesterol: 2 mg
Carbohydrate: 51 g - Protein: 7 g
Sodium: 133 mg - Dietary Fiber: 1 g

 

 

 

Sources:
1 Mayo Clinic, "Oral health: A window to your overall health," http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dental/DE00001, February 5, 2011
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Oral health: Preventing cavities, gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancers,"
http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/AAG/doh.htm, July 29, 2011
3 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, "Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments,"
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm, NIH Publication No. 11-1142, July 2011, no copyright
4 American Academy of Periodontology, "Gum Disease and Diabetes," http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.diabetes.htm, last modified February 23, 2011
5 American Academy of Periodontology, http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.heart.htm, last modified February 23, 2011
6 American Academy of Periodontology, "Gum Disease and Respiratory Diseases," http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.respiratory.htm, last modified February 23, 2011
7 Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts, "What's the Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cancer?",
http://www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com/reports/arthritis/3308-1.html, November 30, 2009

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