Recognizing National Men’s Health Week

It’s National Men’s Health Week! The goal of the week is to educate men and boys of all ages about preventing, detecting and treating various health problems. While you should always be aware of your body and pay close attention to what it’s telling you, be sure to take this week to assess your health risks, for the sake of yourself and your family.

Did You Know?

Men's HealthHeart Disease
Heart disease is the number one killer of men in the United States, beating out all types of cancer, injuries and respiratory diseases by a long shot.
Heart disease isn’t a new phenomenon, brought on by our poor diets and skyrocketing obesity. In fact, a 3,000 year old mummy exhibited heart disease.
Heart health is easily managed and affected by your diet, exercise and stress levels and management.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, regular exercise is the key to a healthy heart, with a more significant impact than diet (though diet is still incredibly important).

More than half of adults with high LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol are not receiving treatment to restore it to healthy levels, meaning fewer than one-third of adults have their high cholesterol out of control.
Nearly one-third of American adults have high LDL cholesterol.
Mexican-American males have the highest risk of developing bad cholesterol, among all ethnic groups and both sexes.
There are a number of diseases associated with high cholesterol, including: coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, peripheral vascular disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

What You Can Do

Everyone knows that good dietary choices, including eating lots of leafy greens and plenty of protein, as well as regular exercise to get the heart pumping and the body sweating are important to a healthy lifestyle. However, it is also essential to monitor your health with regular screenings and lab tests, including risk assessments for heart disease and cholesterol panels.

Your local Test Smartly Labs location proudly offers these services to ensure that men and women across the country live the long, healthy lives they deserve. For more information, contact your local Test Smartly Labs!

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