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Black Men Must Put Their Health First.

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With so many men keeping health care low on their priority lists, June is recognized as the month of men’s health. Men’s Health Month aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage the early detection and treatment of diseases in men and boys. Early detection is critical to increased survival rates for treatable diseases and conditions such as testicular and prostate cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, type II diabetes and HIV.

A Cleveland Clinic poll found that most men, especially baby boomers, don’t talk about their health. 60 percent said they would only see a doctor when a symptom or problem became unbearable. About 20 percent admitted the only reason they see the doctor is to stop a spouse or significant other from nagging.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 14.9% of men are over 18 years old or in poor health. While genetic factors can affect health in some men, certain lifestyle choices can cause some preventable health problems. Many contribute directly to the leading causes of death in men.

  • 5% of men over the age of 20 are obese; Black Men 38.7%
  • 9% of men aged 20 and over have high blood pressure and are taking antihypertensive drugs.

The numbers are equally steadfast when you look at genetic factors for black men. Black men have one of the weakest health profiles in the United States

  • 60% of black men are more likely to die from strokes than non-Hispanic white men.
  • 75% of black men are less likely to have health insurance than white men.

Lack of awareness, personal lifestyle, unhealthy work environment, and poor health education have all resulted in a significant deterioration in the wellbeing of American men. Organizations like The Black Men’s Health project are trying to change that narrative. Her mission is to foster a deeper understanding of Black men’s health challenges, develop culturally literate policies and solutions to improve health outcomes for Black men, and work with community organizations, health officials, and lawmakers to create better, healthier lives for Blacks Men.

For years there have been structural forces to the detriment of the health and wellbeing of black men. Social conditions such as racism, segregation, stress, incarceration, spirituality and discrimination affect a high proportion of black men’s health. Black men have a history of distrust of the health system. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study comes up a lot in discussions when talking about the health of black men. The Tuskegee study has also impacted black men’s engagement in research.

Experts say persistent racism affects black men’s health. No matter how far you go in your education, no matter what you achieve, you are still black and possible risk factors for various diseases and environmental problems can still play a role. Black men are in worse health than other uneducated groups, and the data shows they don’t catch up with white men, even if they are. In general, higher education means better paying jobs and health insurance, healthier behaviors, and longer lives, but the increase is not as significant as it is among whites. Of the many health inequalities black men already face, the risk of diabetes and obesity is much higher among black populations, even with a high level of education. As a result, black men are more likely to die from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer than white men.

With a black men’s health focus during Men’s Health Month in June, take your time and make your health your first priority. Black men, if it has been some time since your last visit to the doctor or you have postponed this exam for symptoms that could potentially threaten your quality of life, it is time to put your health first.

Many organizations distribute educational information, offer free medical exams, and host speaker presentations along with physical exams and more to promote Men’s Health Week.

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Jack Knox: Channel your inner Lasso (but not your outer train robber)

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I grew a Movember mustache.

You wouldn’t know because of the face mask I always had to wear, but it’s a beauty.

Okay, I was hoping for a Ted Lasso / Burt Reynolds, dark and dense like Nordic Noir, but what came in was more of an aging train robber like Bill Miner – another masked man! – which is still cool except for an unfortunate spot in the middle that from a distance makes me look like I was about to invade Poland in search of a small place to live.

Others don’t like my mustache as much as I do. Colleagues avert their eyes with a mixture of embarrassment and disgust, as if I had a booger on my lip. A friend, usually as obscure as a poker player, turned pale and took the Lord’s name in vain. My wife started calling me her first husband.

These reactions likely reflect the relative rarity of mustaches today. 40, 50 years ago everyone had a mustache: Elliott Gould in MASH, Tom Selleck in Magnum PI, Carl Weathers in Rocky (and before that as BC Lion), Lanny McDonald, Frank Zappa, Hulk Hogan, Freddie Mercury, Lech Walesa, Yosemite Sam , the villagers, your mother-in-law.

Before that were Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, Martin Luther King Jr., Clark Gable, and both Karl and Groucho Marx. Even Gandhi had a non-violent lip decoration. Nietzsche looked as if someone had stuck a raccoon on his face.

But it seems that over time, people associated mustaches with those who were up to no good: Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Snidely Whiplash, your mother-in-law. It’s no coincidence that Canada hasn’t had a mustache prime minister since Robert Borden in the 1920s. (Bearded Trudeau doesn’t count.)

These days men are either shaved clean or look like hairy lumberjacks (or at least what hairy lumberjacks would look like if they worked in the gaming industry). Someone suggested that I use a full beard again, but when I was shaving the last one, a pretty woman said to me, “Losing your beard made you look a lot younger.” That made me blush and squirm until she added “uglier but much younger”. Someone else suggested I grow chia hair on my head or try some of that spray-on stuff.

But I digress. I wanted to point out that, aside from Ted Lasso, mustaches are not as fashionable as they were. You could say the same about Movember. A dozen years ago there were all sorts of types sprouting facial hair in the name of men’s health, especially prostate and testicular cancers, but lately it feels like the novelty has waned.

That’s a shame because the thing itself, with a broader understanding of wellness in general, is still worthy of it. In fact, it’s even more important as the pandemic is putting pressure on mental health.

This is where mustache fun gets serious. “It’s one of those things that we just don’t talk about,” says Colin Newell.

Many guys withdraw and quietly isolate themselves in a dark place under stress, he says. Right now it is important to be aware of this and to reach out to each other, to let each other know that help is there when it is needed.

Newell does system IT work at UVic. For the past twelve years, he led the division’s Movember efforts. He kind of got me into joining the IT team this year, which was a bit like asking Trump to teach ethics, but let’s not blame it.

The point he is trying to get across is that it is important to speak and listen to each other when necessary. “The difference between failing and thriving can often be traced back to a conversation,” he says.

It sounds like something the mustached Lasso, the friendliest character on TV, could say.

Unfortunately, while Lasso’s stache could stay, I was told mine would be cut off on December 1st, possibly a minute after midnight. It’s a shame that all of our problems couldn’t go away so easily.

jknox@timescolonist.com

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Bulldog Workout Gear Is Discounted by up to 55% in Its Black Friday Sale

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What’s better than a sale? Selling exercise equipment, that’s what. Right now, Bulldog, the premier place for all of your home exercise needs, is offering up to 55 percent off some of its most sought-after products through its Black Friday sales. Whether you’re looking for dumbbells, a pull-up bar, or a curved treadmill, there’s a discount out there that you can take advantage of. Check out our selection below.

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Bulldog competition kettlebell

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No gym is complete without a kettlebell. These have a wider, flatter base, making them a more stable option when doing pushups, for example.

2

20kg weight vest

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Are bodyweight workouts getting a little boring? Increase it with this 20kg vest. If you need a workout, check out this one.

3

Hex dumbbells 2.0

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What’s so good about these dumbbells? Well, the knurled rubber handles offer a good grip and resistance to sweat. The shock-absorbing, rubberized dumbbell heads protect your floor in the meantime. They can also take weights from 2.5 to 50 kg, so there is an option for whatever you lift

4th

Flat bench

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Easy to assemble, durable and affordable, this bench is a great option for any home gym. It’s also wrapped in an easy-to-wipe antibacterial vinyl, which makes it easy to keep clean too.

5

Resistance bands

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You can use bands for assisted pull-ups, dips, deltoid exercises, and many other things. If you don’t already have a set, get it while it’s discounted.

6th

Wooden gymnastic rings 2.0

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Rings are not just for experienced gymnasts and calisthenics masters. They are an effective tool for building stability, strength and coordination and can make your training more varied.

7th

Sandbag

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Exercise with this strongman-style weatherproof sandbag. And again, if you need training on your new purchase, we’re here for you.

8th

Wall-mounted chin-up bar

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This isn’t the type of flimsy chin-up bar that will risk your life every time you use it. This is a heavy-duty pull-up bar that, with a depth of 90 cm, gives you plenty of room to do kipping pull-ups or bar muscle-ups without scratching your knees on the wall in front of you.

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Adjustable bench 2.0

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If a flat bench can’t make it in your home gym, then maybe this adjustable bench will do the job. Adjust the incline position and work on the upper pectoral muscles.

10

BSSR2 Bulldog Series Squat Rack

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$ 400.50

This is a squat rack, yes, but the rack can also be used for pull-ups, bar dips, and bar muscle-ups. You also have the option of combining it with new gymnastic rings for ring dips and pushups.

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Curve Runner 2.0

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If you want to take your sprint workout inside and invest in a curving treadmill, now, despite having over £ 300 off, is the time to do it.


Daniel Davies is a writer for Men’s Health UK and has been reporting for various publications on sports science, fitness and culture for the last five years.

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Force Factor Men’s Health Products Are on Sale for a Limited Time at The Vitamin Shoppe®

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This article is sponsored by The Vitamin Shoppe.

Don’t miss out on the big savings on these health and fitness supplements for men

AskMen’s editorial team research and thoroughly test the best equipment, services, and staples for life. AskMen can be paid for when you click a link in this article and purchase a product or service.

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If you were looking for high quality nutritional supplements to complete your health, The Vitamin Shoppe® should definitely be your first port of call. They are home to hundreds of vitamins (as the name rightly suggests), minerals, nutritional supplements, and more from popular wellness brands at great prices.

You can also get 20% off Force Factor men’s health products at VitaminShoppe.com or in store. You don’t need a code, but you definitely don’t want to wait because the deal is only valid until November 21st!

The Vitamin Shoppe has solutions for every need, from vitamins to help you meet your daily recommendations, to protein supplements that make exercise harder, to natural remedies that aid digestion, anxiety, stress, and a host of other wellness issues . Whatever health and fitness needs you want to focus on, The Vitamin Shoppe has plenty of options from fan-favorite brands like Force Factor.

TIED TOGETHER: Best Vitamins For Men To Increase Sex Drive

Force Factor in particular has an impressive selection of nutritional supplements for men that are definitely worth considering. The Vitamin Shoppe has a wide variety of choices including general vitality support, testosterone boosters, sex drive support, and prostate supplements. Whether you feel like your libido could use a little boost or your workouts could benefit from some naturally boosted testosterone, Force Factor is sure to have something for you.

Best of all, The Vitamin Shoppe offers a 2 hour roadside pickup so you can try out your new supplements ASAP. If you have a location close by, you can conveniently place your order online and take advantage of the opportunity to avoid any current worries about shipping delays. Talk about a win-win situation.

To help you find the right supplement to save you on during The Vitamin Shoppe’s limited-time sale, we’ve picked a few of our favorite Force Factor picks below. And remember, they are all 20% off until November 21st!

Limited time force factor sale at The Vitamin Shoppe

20% discount on Force Factor Black Maca Gummies – Mixed Berry

These berry-flavored gummy bears are designed to naturally improve sex drive in both men and women. (Maybe we finally found a fun after-dinner substitute for the mint?) Its main ingredient, of course, is black maca – or maca root – a plant native to Peru that has long been used to aid fertility. It is believed to help maintain the proper balance of hormone levels, particularly testosterone in men and estrogen in women. It is also said that black maca can aid in energy and stamina. When it comes to Force Factor’s Black Maca Gummies, you’ll find them free of gelatin or preservatives, and no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.

$ 15.99 (reg. $ 19.99) at VitaminShoppe.com

20% discount on Force Factor Test X180 PM Nighttime Testosterone Booster

This carefully formulated blend of minerals and supplements is designed to help men increase their testosterone levels – all while sleeping. With zinc, magnesium, aspartate, GABA, and cordyceps extracts, the nighttime testosterone formula can also help support muscle mass, recovery, physical strength, and strength. And as a bonus, the blend of melatonin, L-theanine, and ashwagandha promotes a sense of calm, resulting in deeper, healthier sleep (so you wake up well rested and ready to hit the gym for your morning workout course).

$ 27.99 (reg. $ 34.99) at VitaminShoppe.com

Get 20% off Force Factor men’s health products through November 21 at VitaminShoppe.com or in store. No code needed; Exclusions apply.

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