Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in men. Although the condition can and does affect women, more men are affected.
Men can suffer from heart problems right from an early age, while in women, the risk increases after the age of fifty.
What makes a man more susceptible to heart problems than women?
A new study suggests that men suffer more from heart problems than women because they possess hearts that wear out more quickly than that of women.
The study found that men are also very more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases (stroke, heart disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation and cardiomyopathy) than women.
One theory proposes that men experience more stress from heavy or strenuous physical activities/actions than women putting them at a greater risk of heart problems than women.
Men, unlike women are also less likely to emotionally express stress. They are more likely to keep their problems to themselves and not seek help.
It is believed that because women are expressive with their feelings, they are more able to relieve stress.
Men are also more likely to smoke and pay less attention to their diet and weight. Smoking, diet high in sugar and fat and physical inactivity are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.
Women are generally more concerned about their physical appearance and health than men and are therefore more likely to eat healthier and maintain a healthy weight.
How can a man reduce his risk of developing heart problems?
You can do the following to reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular diseases:
- Quit smoking if you smoke
- Be more physically active; exercise daily
- If you have high blood pressure, control and manage it properly
- Completely avoid foods high in fat and sugar. Eat more of fruits and vegetables
- Watch out for belly fat; achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
- Manage stress and anger