June is Men’s Health Month. Wearing blue to show your support is a great thing – personally, it is my favorite color, looks good on most people and is easy to coordinate. The best way to show your support, however, is to take proactive steps to literally support and help your patients take control of their health. Most of them have families, people who care about them and their well-being, and we owe it to them to make sure we do everything we can to promote healthy, happy, long and productive lives. That means giving your patients the tools to take charge of our diet, exercise, supplementation and lifestyle choices to help address the common pitfalls and challenges they are likely to face as they age.
Get Proactive: Men typically live around 1 year less than women in terms of the national average lifespan. Women are twice as likely to visit their doctor for annual checkups, preventative health screenings (such as prostate exams) and other proactive measures. Cancer affects 1 in 2 men, while 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Prevention and early detection are key to maximizing chances of survival and a healthy and fully functional life, so tell your patients to make sure to stay proactive when it comes to monitoring their health.
Prostate: Chronic inflammation is the enemy of healthy aging; that is especially true of the prostate, and prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. Genetic factors play a role, but informing your patients that watching what they eat can give them an edge. A number of studies suggest that reducing intake of animal fats and excessive carbohydrates, and replacing them with healthy seeds, nuts, berries and oils can be a great first step.
Not all “animal” fats are created equal, however. Omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in fish body oils) play a critical role in how the body controls inflammation, specifically in terms of supporting a healthy Omega 3/6 balance and other systemic support faculties.
Saw Palmetto is a supplement that is widely available which may also help your patients to support prostate health. In addition, if your patients are not into counting out pills and organizing them in a supplement tote every day, there are a number of pre-packed supplement protocols designed for just this type of target support function.
Metabolism: Hormone balance and metabolism go hand in hand – when one suffers, the other is very likely to follow. Offering proactive products to help support optimal blood sugar balance is a great way to help patients to support healthy balance and metabolism. Also, another supplement to talk to your patients about is 7-KETO, a metabolite of DHEA, which is an adrenal hormone in the body which can support a healthy metabolism.
Testosterone/Libido: If your patients are over 45, it’s likely you have experienced at least some of the effects of declining testosterone levels (reduced energy, metabolism, sex drive…). Offering supplements to help support healthy testosterone can be useful to support healthy energy, metabolism, and libido.