Between the research that says adolescence ends in the early 20’s and the radio ads that say testosterone levels start dropping at age 20, I started asking myself- if we mature so late and begin aging so early,when are we men at our best physically?
The Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card has several indicators of men’s physical health that are alarming. While great progress is being made in preventing deaths from heart disease, it is still the number one cause of death among Tennessee men. The report cites obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and poor nutrition as major contributors to heart disease. African American men seem disproportionately at risk for prostate and colorectal cancer, while white men are affected greatly can liver disease, cirrhosis, and lung cancer.
I don’t know about you, but my experience overall with my fellow males, and myself, is that physical wellness too often takes a back burner to other things, especially for seemingly fit and active men.
So when are men physically at their best? Here’s my list:
When they pay attention to their bodies.
When they eat right and stay fit.
When they take wellness seriously.
When they put their pride aside respond to physical issues that threaten their longevity and ability to contribute to their families.