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5 Reasons Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
There are a number of reasons why women typically live longer than men. Find out why!

There are a number of reasons why women typically live longer than men. Find out why!

 

Do you want to live a long life? Of course! There are a number of things you can do to increase the longevity of your life. One of them is being a woman. Women live an average of five to 10 years longer than men. Throughout every stage of life, men are more likely to die than women. Factors such as culture, genetics and other influences can play a role in life longevity. Check out five of the reasons why women tend to live longer.

  1. Heart disease

The higher level of estrogen that women possess protects them from heart disease for 10 to 15 years longer than men. Estrogen raises good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol and makes the inner lining of the coronary arteries more flexible.

  1. Higher metabolic rates

While being able to burn calories at a higher rate helps men lose weight faster, it also means that they burn through their stem cells faster. Frequent injuries or surgeries can also use up a man’s reserves faster.

  1. Weaker social connections

Women have a tendency to interact more with people and form connections that are linked to a longer life. Women also tend to be more verbal and talk frequently with friends, which strengthens life-prolonging relationships.

  1. Riskier lifestyle habits

Although the lifestyle gap between men and women is closing, habits like smoking, eating and drinking too much, along with holding in stress, can contribute to higher blood pressure and heart disease risk.

  1. Immune system challenges

Another reason why men don’t live as long as women is associated with the immune system. Women are usually born with longer telomeres. Telomeres are the components at the end of chromosomes that act as a guide of cell age. Longer telomeres allow the immune system to function longer and healthier, causing individuals who have them to live longer.

There are other contributors to men dying sooner than women, such as their bigger body size, greater susceptibility to disease, high-risk occupations and chromosomes. Whether you are a man or woman, old or young, LA Medical has solutions to help you live a longer, better life. Contact us or check out our products in our online catalog!

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthMore than 32,050 men will die from prostate cancer this year. That is comparable to half of the population of San Clemente dying in one year. All total, 217,730 men will learn they have prostate cancer this year. That’s more than double the population of the whole city of Inglewood.

The American Cancer Society recognizes September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to bring attention to this killer of men.  Are you aware of your prostate cancer risk or the risk to a man in your life? Prostate cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages, which makes early detection through screening more important. Here are some facts from your friends in the home medical equipment business, LA Medical.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. Skin cancer is the most common.

African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer diagnosis and death than men of all other racial or ethnic groups in the United States.

Almost one third of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in men during their prime years of ages 50 to 65.

One in every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime

One in every 34 men will die of prostate cancer.

There are more than 2 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States.

The 5-year survival rate is close to 100% when prostate cancer is detected during these earliest stages.

For a man over 50 (or an African American man over 45) getting screened for prostate cancer should not be an “if”; it needs to be a “when and a how often”. As the statistics show, prostate cancer is highly treatable and has a very high survival rate when diagnosed early.

Cancer treatment can be difficult. LA Medical carries a full-line of home medical and personal care equipment to make cancer treatment easier and more comfortable. From bath safety equipment to wheelchairs, let LA Medical help you today.

The Fight to Keep Men Healthy for Men’s Health Week

Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

LA Medical is putting our attention on the men in our lives during Men’s Health Week 2013.  The actual week is June 10-16, but we’re focusing on itmen healthy for whole month of June.  Men’s Health Week started in 1992 to bring attention to health issues of males of all ages. The timing of the celebration coincides with Father’s Day.  Men’s Health Week is a time to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

What are some of the biggest health issues men face?

  • Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death.
  • Testosterone is linked to elevations of LDL, the bad cholesterol, and declines in HDL, the good cholesterol. High cholesterol is linked to heart disease, stroke and many other problems.
  • In the workplace, 92 out of every 100 deaths are male. Much of this number can be attributed to the type of jobs that are traditionally held by men.
  • Male life expectancy is 6 years lower for men than women and by the age of 100, women outnumber men eight to one.
  • Another thing happening more often in men than women is homicide/murder.  1 in 179 homicide victims are white male while 1 in 30 homicide victims are black males. In comparison, 1 in 132 victims of homicide are black females and 1 in 495 are white females.

LA Medical offers many products to make life easier and safer or the man in your life. From ramps and safety products for the bathroom to a full selection on canes and walkers, see us first. These items would make great Father’s Day gifts too!