5 Men’s Health Myths

Sure we’ve heard a tale or two about health, from the surprises to the downright odd, we are here to debunk some common men’s health myths!

Men can’t get breast cancer

The sad truth is, men CAN in fact get breast cancer. It affects about 1 in 100 men.

Wearing a hat or blow drying your hair causes baldness

Men lose their hair for genetic reasons or other serious changes. Hats and blow dryers have nothing to do with it!

Muscle mass loss is inevitable with Age

Not So! The primary reason men lose muscle as they age is complacency. If you stay busy with your intense muscle-building workouts, signaling to your body that it needs to keep that tissue, your chances of seeing muscle loss are extremely low.

In addition to a regular strength-training plan, make sure you’re eating well, as that’s another key factor to maintaining lean muscle tissue.

Diet doesn’t matter if you’re working out

The simple truth is that it’s not hard to eat back in a matter of minutes all the calories burned in an intense workout session, so you can’t eat whatever your heart desires. Dietary control is a must. You can’t outwork a bad diet, and those who try are likely to end up over trained, burned out and suffering from high cortisol levels as their bodies try to deal with the excess exercise. High cortisol is linked to increased belly-fat stores, so trying to “make up” for a bad diet with exercise is not a smart move.

You can catch up on sleep on the weekends

So, you think good 10-hour sleep on Saturday will make up for a few 5-hour nights during the week? Think again.

While it will help, it’s not going to completely eliminate your sleep deprivation.  Plus, doing this will throw off the natural sleep-wake cycle into which your body gets, so it could actually do more harm than good.

To feel your best and to function optimally, aim to go to bed and get up around the same time each day, while getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep.