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Health screenings can be life-saving tools, but many men foolishly avoid them

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Health examinations. They help people avoid future problems and are one of the best ways to make a health regimen more effective. However, if people avoid them, treatable diseases can be fatal.

Despite these obvious benefits and the risks of delay, many men remain averse to the thought of taking preventative measures. This caveman culture, which has resulted in shorter lives and more illnesses than women, is well entrenched when it comes to screenings or routine testing.

Sad, but all too common, when a man suspects car damage, he’ll be everywhere at the mechanic’s for a diagnostic test to find the source of the problem. When a member of the Eagles is injured, the boys stand on the edge of their seats screaming for the medical report. In classic male behavior, however, when it comes to self, these concerns go out the window, overtaken by complacency, neglect, and even fear. It’s a well-documented mindset.

In a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians, 20% of men ages 55 and older said they had never had colon cancer screening. Similarly, a Cleveland Clinic survey found that only 50% of men were on preventive treatment.

And in a well-read survey commissioned by Orlando Health, men said being too busy and citing fear of discovering a problem as the main reason they didn’t see a doctor and get the necessary tests done.

The importance of screenings

Why are screenings so important? According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, screenings provide an early warning mechanism and can improve treatment of the cancers, prostate, colon, and lungs, which are particularly common in men.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center suggests that the value of screenings lies in the ability to spot medical problems before they’re more difficult to treat.

For those who believe testing is only necessary when something feels wrong, the National Institutes of Health reminds men that feeling good is not a reason to skip regular checkups and checkups. High blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol may not show any symptoms early on. A simple blood pressure measurement and test can identify many problems and, if you don’t have them, provide important reassurance.

The most common demonstrations

For guys over 50, there is a fairly common list of performances. The Health in Aging Foundation offers a schedule that reflects the recommendations of many leading experts. They range from osteoporosis screenings to blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Also included are a diabetes check-up and check-ups for prostate and colon cancer. Annual hearing and eye tests as well as dental checkups are also recommended.

Integris Health adds to the list by having a testicular cancer exam, skin cancer screenings, and a glaucoma test every 1-3 years for men between 60 and 64 years of age and then every 6-12 months after age 65. Health system officials were aware of the bad health habits of men so badly affected that they founded Men’s Health University, which they refer to as Men-U. To increase the chances that men will get the tests they need, Men-U offers demonstrations and training at sporting events and auto shows.

Finally, Harvard Medical School recommends men do a one-time screening for an abdominal aortic aneurysm if they have ever smoked.

Screening and aging

As men get older, good preventive medicine requires additional tests to match the increased susceptibility that maturity brings and individual circumstances. While the thought of more testing seems far-fetched when a lot of men can’t cover the basics, this is a manageable portfolio when you consider the opportunities that good health brings with it.

Northwest Primary Care explains how progression works. For a man of 40, prostate screening begins along with a diabetes check-up. At the age of 50, doctors begin to check annually for type 2 diabetes, depression, and lipid metabolism disorders. Colon cancer screenings will also begin, and depending on a man’s risk profile, a thorough exam may include oral and lung cancer. When men turn 60, the colonoscopy resumes with the possibility of exacerbating osteoporosis. Before turning and running, think about how much time and energy you are spending on the car and other less vital activities.

Evidence-based guidelines

Consumer Reports offers some additional perspectives. Americans, both men and women, are both under- and sometimes over-examined. They point out that medical screening is not an exact science. All demonstrations can still miss problems.

However, they recognize that evidence-based screenings recommended by leading medical experts can reduce harm and costs. The key, they suggest, is to discuss these guidelines, as well as your medical and family history, with your doctor. Overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that Americans are only getting half the screenings they should.

It is your call

As the New Year begins, how about leaving your sacred resolutions behind and doing what is best for your health. Take your bum to the doctor and take the tests you should have done years ago. It’s the ultimate health benchmark, a simple process that can be the first part of your health and fitness comeback.

Louis Bezich, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Cooper University Health Care, is the author of Crack The Code: 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50. Read more from Louis on his website.

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How to Watch Kattar vs Chikadze Online

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On Saturday, January 15, Calvin Kattar takes on Georgia’s Giga Chikadze, currently ranked eighth, in the number five UFC featherweight division. Under the bright lights of the organization’s 130,000-square-foot Las Vegas headquarters, dubbed Apex, Kattar is trying to recover after being mauled by Max Holloway last year, while Chikadze, long considered a promising contender, looks to continue his rise. There’s also a convincing women’s flyweight matchup between Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia (numbers two and four respectively in their division), along with men’s light and heavyweight bouts and the second appearance of 26-year-old Joanderson Brito, a Brazilian on a 10-win streak that debuted in Dana White’s Contender Series last summer. If you’re wondering how to watch UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze (aka UFC Vegas 46), you’ve come to the right place.

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How to watch UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze

Since the purchase in 2019, all untitled UFC fight nights will be shown exclusively through ESPN+, a streaming subscription service. Want to know how to buy UFC Fight Night? There is a $7 monthly fee on ESPN+ for access, or pay an annual fee of $70 per year Save 15 percent. Also, since ESPN is owned by Disney, there is a bundled plan that includes Disney+ and Hulu subscriptions, e.g $14 a month. Once your credit card information has been entered (no free trial, sorry), you can access live sports, including Kattar Vs. Chikadze, from your mobile device via the ESPN+ app, as well as on your Smart TV and other connected devices including Apple, Android, and Amazon Fire devices, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Oculus Go.

Read more: How to stream UFC fights online

Of course, an easy way to watch without paying the fee is to head down to the nearest sports bar to catch the fight. Not sure if there will be? Call ahead and ask if they offer ESPN+ for Business, which adjusts its cost based on venue size. Big chains like Buffalo Wild Wings have longstanding relationships and ties with the organization and are a safe bet when things get tight.

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When to Watch UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze

Set your alarm clock 7 p.m. East This Saturday, January 15, for the opening of the card, with Brito touching gloves with Bill Algeo, who already has three fights in the UFC (two losses, one win). At least, we think that’s the plan — as of this writing, Brito is currently undergoing COVID testing, and Algeo is joking with the press that should fellow featherweight and main event contender Kattar also fall ill, Algeo is ready to take it with him Chikadze up. Do you think that’s far fetched? It’s not just the NFL that has players constantly getting in and out of coronavirus protocol, and the UFC announced a host of card changes back on Thursday. Will Brito come out clean? Will Chikadze end up boxing with a unicorn? In these pandemic times, all we know for sure is UFC President Dana White getting the first game of the main card started on time.

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Who to Watch at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze

At the time of writing (and barring major disease outbreaks), the map looks like this.

undercard

  • Jamie Pickett vs Joseph Holmes
  • Court McGee vs. Ramiz Brahimaj
  • Dakota Bush versus Viacheslav Borshchev
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Kevin Croom
  • Charles Rosa vs. TJ Brown
  • Kleydson Rodrigues vs. Zarrukh Adashev

    main card

    • Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze
    • Katlyn Chookagian vs Jennifer Maia
    • Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin
    • Jake Collier vs. Chase Sherman
    • Bill Algeo vs. Joanderson Brito

      Kattar is a guy to keep an eye on. As mentioned, Max Holloway, who himself suffered a championship loss to Alexander Volkanovski the year before, poked fun at the fighter. Holloway solidly dominated Kattar, winning all five rounds of the main event fight en route to setting numerous all-time UFC records including total strikes landed and attempted, significant strikes landed and attempted, strike differential, distance strikes landed and more. In fact, it was so lopsided that mid-fight, Holloway looked at the comment box and yelled, “I’m the best boxer in the UFC!” and then punched Kattar in the face again. Needless to say, Kattar has some catching up to do as he tries to win back a totally disaffected fan base. At the same time, Chikadze is on a seven-win streak and has a perfect record in the UFC. He has a penchant for going long, with four of those wins coming to deciders and a fifth to a TKO in the third round. The resulting fireworks, as well as the game’s impact on both fighters’ careers, make for a compelling story to behold.

      Next, women’s flyweight begins to grow. Chookagian and Maia, his two and four seeds respectively, fight each other on the heights. But leading the way are number one contender, fighter-munching Jessica Andrade, and reigning champion, technically perfect Valentina Shevchenko. When iron sharpens iron, Saturday’s matchup has to throw a hell of a lot of sparks, because only the double victories of the division leaders follow.

      Finally, from the main to the sub-map, there will no doubt be some compelling games. But to see ours? Look at Russia’s Viacheslav Borshchev, a 30-year-old striker who is new to promotion. His unique UFC match before Saturday featured Canelo Alvarez-style counterattacks and a check-hook KO in round two. Yes, he can kick, but on Saturday his fists will probably do the talking.

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Relationship dilemma: I don’t give women money, am I stingy?

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32-year-old man seeks advice on relationship dilemma. [Courtesy]

Our social life and relationships face a number of challenges; especially when an important decision needs to be made.

On Wednesday 12th January we posted on our Facebook page – Standard Digital – a relationship dilemma of a woman who a month after her engagement has met a new man with whom she feels more comfortable.

Hello Standard,

I’m Oscar, a 32 year old male living and working in Nairobi.

I’ve been developing “stingy” tendencies lately, and I’m concerned that this could lead to either not getting married or being in relationships that don’t last long.

I wasn’t like that two or three years ago. This happened after I changed jobs and earned a higher salary. I am currently obsessed with saving as much as possible and I see spending on women or even a woman as a waste of money.

I’m currently doing affairs that don’t require a lot of money; To put that in perspective, the max I can spend on women in a month is Sh5,000.

Could I be bordering on dangerous, stingy reasons?

READERS’ ANSWERS

Rommie Aloo: The only women I give money to are my mother, my wife and my daughter. Anyone else trying to get money from me is like milking a stone. I’m not stingy, I just use my money how I want. If you’re not careful, random women will milk you dry.

Eliud Murithi: At the last men’s conference we said the maximum should be 200 Sh in a month. Yours is a show off, my friend.

God of the Bay: If it bothers you, it’s more about your own relationship with money than women. You may be afraid of having that newfound money taken away from you, so address that fear and learn to balance your budget and relationship with money.

Edith Oloo: Are these village girls? Because 5k is far too little.

Kawila Kimanzi: very good son Get very stingy. Save, save and invest. Nothing wrong with you

Julius on the other hand: Welcome to the Stingy Men Association of Kenya but reduce the 5k to 50 bob

Priscilla Wanjiru: Welcome to the Stingy Men Association of Kenya but reduce the 5k to 50 bob

Stephen Ayieko: Brother, shorten that number, I say again, shorten. We do not want your name to appear on the list of summonses for the upcoming men’s conference

John Njenga: When it comes to household expenses you can’t rigidly set a number like 5000/- and expect things to work out very well unless there is prior agreement and if you’re that tight-fisted I’ll advise you for free, you If you develop some stress-related health problems and leave this life sooner than you expected, part of what you have struggled to save will go to cremation and the rest will remain with those who were denied you. Life is good when you care for those you love, and should you not have managed to save much, you will be at peace with them and with yourself. But you can choose to live with your money and forget about marriage because if you enter into it with thoughts like that, it might not work.

RK Calvine: You are fine, find someone who wants to grow and go in the same direction as you and grow together.

EXPERT RESPONSE

dr Karatu Kiemo is a sociologist and lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

Hello Oscar and Happy New Year.

Happy New Year because you seem to be undergoing a lifestyle reinvention from extravagance to thrift. And why not?

It would be worrying if you switched from frugality to extravagance. At 32, we thank maturity for change.

Kenya is a strange country with few pathways for leisure and quality of life. That’s why you’re concerned about spending on women. But why would you spend for my sister or daughter?

What is the relationship between monetary investment in a relationship and relationship quality?

I guess someone out there will love and marry you regardless of your spending habits. In your case, celibacy would be a choice rather than any form of determinism that afflicts poor and alcoholic young men in many parts of this country.

Still, it’s normal to be stingy with higher income and more satisfying jobs. Such wins come with greater responsibility and sensitivity.

They are increasingly leaving the age and income groups that spend on waste. To understand your age and income, consider various pastimes and invest in other people without any prospect of personal gain.

Play golf and you’re already doing it, train someone else to do it, support a children’s home, support your local school, church/mosque or youth group.

In these endeavors, you will most likely find and marry a woman with a similar mindset. Please keep saving in the meantime.

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Rising above reality: How Djokovic bends his mind to succeed | Health/Fitness

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By JOCELYN GECKER and JEROME PUGMIRE – Associated Press

To his critics, Novak Djokovic has been carefree and reckless in the face of a deadly pandemic. But students of the tennis star’s game are finding that reality-bending has been a secret of his success until now.

The dizzying story unfolding in Australia over Djokovic’s refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus has cemented his image as a defiant figure in men’s tennis and turned the world’s No. 1 player into an unwitting new hero of the anti-vax movement . He’s earned a new and certainly unwelcome nickname: No-vax.

In many ways, Djokovic has dealt with the pandemic like a tennis match, long ignoring odds and favoring alternative remedies over traditional medicine. His unconventional approaches to physical and mental fitness over the years have included consulting spiritual gurus, lying in hyperbaric chambers, visiting healing “pyramids” and working with a trainer to develop reality-bending skills.

But the current reality is that every player at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday, will need a COVID-19 vaccine or a valid Therapeutic Use Clearance to compete. The country’s immigration minister on Friday canceled the unvaccinated Djokovic’s visa, citing health and “good order”.

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Djokovic, who has appealed the decision, now faces likely deportation and is at the center of a polarizing issue with fans on both sides of the vaccine debate.

The timing couldn’t be worse for the 34-year-old top player from Serbia. This Australian Open should be the stage of a crowning glory as he seeks his record 21st Grand Slam title, a feat that would catapult him past rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with whom he is tied at 20.

Teammates and former coaches have urged Djokovic to submit to a COVID-19 vaccine, saying tennis needs him on the court without fueling political debates.

“All of this could have been avoided, as we have all done by getting vaccinated,” Spanish tennis star Garbiñe Muguruza said during a press conference ahead of the tournament in Melbourne on Saturday. “Everyone knew the rules very well. You just have to follow them and that’s it. I don’t think it’s that difficult.”

Boris Becker, a former top player who coached Djokovic from 2013 to 2016, said the same determination and stubbornness that is Djokovic’s strength on the pitch can also be his weakness.

“He’s a street fighter. That’s his mentality and that’s what made him great and so successful. It’s hard to change that,” Becker said in a recent interview with BBC Sport.

Djokovic has often attributed his toughness to growing up in war-ravaged Serbia in the 1990s. In Serbia, Djokovic is revered as a national hero who overcame adversity to become world No. 1 in a war-crippled country economically with little tennis pedigree and few tennis courts.

As a child in Belgrade, Djokovic developed a passion for tennis from an early age. He trained at a club that used an empty swimming pool as a makeshift tennis court. He has spoken of aborting training sessions and running to bomb shelters and huddled with his family for nights on end as NATO jets targeted the Serbian capital during the 1999 Kosovo war.

Being exposed to emotional trauma at such a young age gave him an early perspective on overcoming adversity and crystallized his motivation. In Serbia, Djokovic is revered as a national hero who overcame all odds to become world No. 1 in the economically struggling country with few tennis courts.

“Most people don’t decide what they want out of life by the time they’re 6 years old, but I had it,” Djokovic wrote in his 2013 diet and fitness book, Serve to Win. Inspired by how Pete Sampras won Wimbledon on TV, he decided that one day it would be him. “For the next 13 years, I dedicated every day of my life to achieving my goal.”

Djokovic won his first major tournament title at the Australian Open in 2008 but it was three years before he conquered another.

The turning point of his career came in 2011 when Djokovic won 10 titles, including three Grand Slams, and he reached the number 1 spot in men’s tennis for the first time.

“It wasn’t a new racquet, new practice, new coach or even a new serve that helped me. It was a new diet,” Djokovic wrote in his book, explaining how going gluten-free helped end his years of battling frequent fatigue during long games, occasionally collapsing on the pitch and having trouble breathing.

Players usually speak in awe of Djokovic’s talent, his physical agility that can produce stunning performances and how he has mastered his mental game. “His best quality is his mind,” American player Sam Querrey said of Djokovic last year.

In 2016, Djokovic teamed up with Pepe Imaz, a Spanish coach who had a modest tennis career, and then opened a tennis academy in Marbella with the motto “Amor y Paz” (Love and Peace). After working with Imaz, Djokovic began his now-signature gesture of turning to all four sides of the tennis court after a win and sending heartfelt love to the fans.

He also delved into meditation to calm his mind and learned visualization techniques, which he says allowed him to feel past stressful situations.

Djokovic described the method in 2016 to an audience at the tennis academy seated next to Imaz on a stage. Imagine you’re stuck in a traffic jam and you’re frustrated and confused by all the cars, the people, and the sounds, he said.

“What if for a second, instead of being part of the traffic, you were out of the traffic on the hill and watching the traffic?” Djokovic said.

He applied these techniques to tennis.

After saving two match points to beat Federer in a five-set thriller in the 2019 Wimbledon final, Djokovic explained how he coped with “probably the most mentally demanding match” of his career, playing against arguably the most popular tennis player in the world of all time .

“So when the crowd sings ‘Roger,’ I hear Novak,” he said. “I’m trying to convince myself.”

Some of Djokovic’s convictions have drawn negative headlines. In May 2020, during a Live Instagram interview with self-proclaimed wellness guru Chervin Jafarieh, he claimed that people could use positive thinking to change the composition of toxic foods and polluted water.

Sharing New Age esoteric beliefs, Djokovic and his wife Jelena have together visited the Bosnian mountain town of Visoko, where some believe four pyramid-shaped hills offer healing powers, a claim disputed by scientists.

The tennis star’s visits have spurred tourism to the site, where Bosnian amateur archaeologist Semir Osmanagic opened a pyramid park that features a network of underground tunnels that he claims exude a special energy.

Osmanagic, who was photographed giving Djokovic personal tours of the park, supports the player’s anti-vaccine stance.

“He’s an outstanding athlete who is very strict about what he eats, drinks and puts into his body, and he advocates freedom of choice,” Osmanagic told AP.

Contrary to the heavy criticism Djokovic has faced internationally, he has broad support in Serbia, where the revocation of his Australian visa is seen as anti-Serb. Until the drama Down Under began, Djokovic had refused to say if he was vaccinated, but it was clear he was a vaccine skeptic.

“I’m personally against vaccines and I don’t want anyone to force me to take one so I can travel,” he said during an online chat in April 2020 with fellow Serbian tennis players.

His vaccination status isn’t Djokovic’s first controversy, but the lengthy saga at the Australian Open raises questions about his legacy.

Djokovic was criticized early in the pandemic for organizing a tennis tournament in the Balkans in June 2020 when professional tennis was shut down. Photos and videos have surfaced showing players ignoring social distancing and partying without masks after hours. The tournament was abandoned after several players, including Djokovic and his wife, tested positive for the coronavirus.

A few months later, he was kicked out of the US Open after hitting a ball in frustration that had slammed into a linesman’s throat. It was unintentional and Djokovic repeatedly apologized, but his action exuded a fiery temper that he works hard to quell.

“He’s already had enough moments and enough question marks to definitely taint his legacy,” ESPN tennis commentator Pam Shriver said on a recent conference call. “But surely nothing will ever tarnish his record.”

The players at Melbourne Park asked themselves the same question on Saturday.

“He’s still won 20 Grand Slams. He still has the most weeks as world No. 1. He still has the most Masters Series (titles),” said 2020 US Open runner-up Alexander Zverev, who is close to Djokovic. “So don’t question his legacy.”

Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka called the vaccine saga an unfortunate situation: “He’s such a great player and it’s kind of sad that some people remember him like that.”

Gecker reported from San Francisco; Pugmire reported from Paris. Associated Press Writer Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia; Barbara Surk in Nice, France; Sabina Niksic in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; John Pye in Melbourne and Howard Fendrich in Washington contributed to this report.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, transcribed or redistributed without permission.

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