Health

No matter where you begin in life or your educational background most people would like a job that is high-paying. With a good education, getting a high-paying job is easier as you have the degree to go along with our skills, but even if you don’t have a degree, getting a high-paying job is more than possible if you have the experience and skills to do the job. Not only does a high-paying job cover your basic skills but it gives you extra funds to live in comfort, save for retirement, and enjoy recreational activities like cars and vacations. Here are some benefits and downfalls that are associated with landing that amazing high-paying job.

PROS:

SALARY

High-paying jobs have great salaries which gather people from all walks of life. For those with a high degree of education, this may make the loans, stress, and sheer effort of pursuing those years of study. They can then pay off their loans and fully utilize their degree. For those who did not go to college, they can now support their families and ensure the utmost comfort. If they are immigrants, they can send large amounts of money back to their country to support their family.

RESPECT

High-paying jobs come with an impressive title. Doctor, engineer, CEO, and lawyer are highly specialized fields that demand respect as soon as the person mentions their job. These positions are jobs that require many years of study and most people associate them with smart people who have high degrees of dedication. This gives the person respect from their family, friends, and others who know of them.

SECURITY

doctor with hundred dollar bills in pocket has high paying jobMost high-paying jobs require a high degree of skill so there is high job security once skills are mastered. Doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and engineers will always be needed and many people do not have these skills, so companies pay higher for top talent. This lack of other candidates boosts the respect, prestige, and salary of the select few who hold these credentials. Some high-paying jobs, for instance, in the tech industry, do not always require a degree if the person has the experience, skills, and passion to learn new technologies. For instance, some programmers have no degree but are masters of their craft and have a true love for programming. They can also make excellent salaries especially in tech metropolises like Silicon Valley, Seattle, and other cities.

SATISFACTION

High-paying jobs often challenge the mind of the person who has the job. After years of intense study and hard work, getting a high salary can be very satisfying. The person can fulfill any other dreams and responsibilities, which will increase internal happiness and those who depend on the person.

INCREASES IN THE ECONOMY

With a high-paying job, men and women can contribute more to the economy. As the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rises, this allows a higher standard of living for the country’s citizens.

GOOD HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION

After basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing are met, then health care and education is needed. With a higher salary, you can get good health care and education that will prevent diseases and other ailments and increase your and your family’s quality of life should they get sick. In addition, life insurance and burial plots can all be taken care of when more money is had.

PLEASANT WORK ENVIRONMENT

High-paying jobs know they are working with those who are highly skilled, so the employees get an excellent working environment, which will prompt them to give their best. The job provides many opportunities for the employee to learn and develop new skill and knowledge areas.

CONS:

LATE CAREER START

After spending many years in school, studying, starting the career begins late. Over time, this leads to less earning potential even though the salary is higher.

LONG WORKING HOURS

office executive working long hours until nightAs the company has invested large sums of money in a highly paid employee, they expect to maximize that person’s potential so they can get an excellent return on their investment. Many assignments are so large they practically require the employee to work outside of working hours, thereby forcing the employee to work long hours. Sometimes, there are no defined work hours which opens the employee up to being overworked.

HIGH WORK PRESSURE

As the pay increases, pressure and expectation rise. You will be expected to comply with all needed directions and tasks or else. These jobs may involve strict deadlines, assignments, and high stress. This stress may spill over into other areas.

OUTSIDE TIME CONSUMED WITH WORK

High-paying jobs offer high-end equipment that includes laptops, phones, and tablets. Rather than being gifts for doing the job, these are often used to consume the time of employee’s outside life. With these devices constantly connected to the company’s network, the mind and effort of employees are tied to the job as deadlines loom and projects increase, so they get little downtime. This keeps the employee under intense pressure even when out of the office.

This gets in the way of familial relationships as work bleeds into the outside life and turns the human into a machine. Missed graduations, weddings, and other events stack up as the person remains glued to their work. This leads to great disharmony in the family and a lack of peace. The person has traded their life for money.

STRESS

There is intense stress related to high-paying jobs, especially those of surgeons and air traffic controllers, as there is zero margin for error. There are, literally, lives at stake. These jobs may lead to physical and mental illnesses that can incapacitate the employee.

While high-paying jobs have excellent salaries, they also have negatives associated with them. It’s important to factor in the whole picture when accepting a high-paying job. The salary, prestige, and challenge is important but so is your health and familial well-being.

Many men experience male pattern baldness when they get older and it is usually permanent, even if you take supplements that supposedly slow down the hair loss process. You can recognize the symptoms of male pattern baldness when your hair gets thinner and your hairline starts to recede. Male pattern baldness is usually hereditary and you cannot truly avoid it, but sometimes, you can start to lose your hair for reasons that has nothing to do with aging. Certain changes in your body can cause you to lose hair and you may sometimes even be able to prevent it or even reverse it.

Stress

It may be not surprise you that emotional stress can cause hair loss. People who are stressed find that they shed a lot more than they should. You might find hair in the shower drain, on your pillow, and clinging to your clothes. No one fully knows why stress results in hair loss, but it is hypothesized that hormones that are released during stressful situations can throw off your hair cycle. Normally your hair grows and then later shed. When it sheds faster than it grows, you can end up noticing signs of hair loss.

stressed man pulling at his hair and screamingEmotional stress is not the only type of stress that can cause hair loss. Physical stress can cause you to lose hair as well. If you got surgery or if you are recovering from an illness, your hair cycle can also be negatively impacted. You will notice that your hair often comes out very easily and all areas of your scalp will be impacted. It usually reverses on its own after a couple of months.

Vitamin A

Vitamin hair is important for maintaining healthy hair because it is plays a big role in keeping your scalp moist and strong. It enables you to shed hair that is unhealthy or too thin. Therefore, vitamin A is often actually in various hair supplements. However, with too much vitamin A, you will start to shed too much hair. If you are mixing vitamin A supplements with other hair health supplements like selenium or vitamin E, then the negative effects on your hair might be more pronounced. Once you lower your intake of vitamin A and other hair health supplements, your hair should start to grow back.

Protein Deficiency

If you do not have enough protein in your diet, then your body must shut down certain processes that require use of protein. Your body cannot shut down your ability to move and think, so it might shut down your ability to grow hair. Eventually, more crucial processes with shut down as well, so you should start finding more protein sources if you notice that you are losing your hair. Additionally, many protein sources often come with vitamin B12. If your diet excludes these protein sources, then you will be both B12 and protein deficient. Vitamin B12 is also important for hair growth, so vitamin B12 deficiency can exacerbate hair loss caused by protein deficiency.

Iron Deficiency

Iron increases the carrying capacity of your blood so that you are able to bring more oxygen into your body. Without iron, you will not have enough oxygen and you might end up deficient in some other nutrients as well. Normally, your extra oxygen can be used to thicken your hair. When you are iron deficient, you will have to save this oxygen for cellular respiration and metabolism. Therefore, if you are deficient in iron, then you might notice that your hair is getting thinner. Make sure you are getting enough iron in your diet. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or anemic, then you might want to consider talking to your doctor about trying out iron supplements. Vegans and vegetarians also have to be very careful about protein and B12 deficiency.

Hypothyroidism

Your thyroid gland releases hormones that are responsible for many processes that occur in your body. Many of these hormones are good for hair growth. Hypothyroidism is a condition that causes your thyroid to underperform. Without your thyroid producing the right type of hormones, you might start to lose some of your hair. It may also affect body hair. Hyperthyroidism can also cause you to lose hair. Hyperthyroidism is a condition where your thyroid is overactive. It may seem counterintuitive, but studies show that too many hair growth hormones can actually result in hair loss. You will need medication to treat any problems with your thyroid gland. After a while of taking the medication, you should see improvement.

Fungal Infection

man scratching arm with fungal infectionA couple of fungal infections can actually lead to some hair loss. One common culprit is athlete’s foot or ringworm, which is a type of fungus that usually causes a circular bald spot to appear on your head. Other similar fungal infections can have the same effect. Sometimes, a fungus will cause skin conditions that can make your scalp inflamed. An inflamed scalp is also sometimes responsible for temporary hair loss. You should also be careful of any skin condition that can make your hair flaky and oily. Luckily, while many fungal infections are very contagious, they are also easy to treat with antifungal medication. Certain shampoos can also help if you are dealing with an unhealthy scalp.

Weight Loss

Weight loss usually will not do anything to your hair. However, if you rapidly start to lose dramatic amounts of weight, then you might start to see some hair loss. This type of weight loss can cause physical stress, which is one way of negatively impacting your hair cycle. Weight loss is also often associated with diseases or nutrient deficiencies that can cause you to lose some hair. People with eating disorders are especially susceptible to this type of hair loss.

Usually, hair loss is part of the natural process of aging and it is nothing to be worried about. However, sometimes, hair loss can be associated with more serious health concerns. If you do not think that male pattern baldness is causing your hair loss, then you can talk to a doctor. You can always consult with a dermatologist about trying to prevent or manage your hair loss.

 

Health is a broad, far reaching, and because of that, strange topic, with many caveats and subsections that, when explored, make you realize things about this ultra-complex mechanism known as the human body you may never have realized otherwise. These things may not necessarily affect you in any way before or after knowing them, but still help you to understand and appreciate your body and your health more because you now know them. If you are a man over 25, you may think you know everything there is to know about your body. Well this article seeks to prove you wrong on that. The following are 6 miscellaneous facts about the human body you definitely didn’t know before reading this. There are more than enough facts out there, so this list doesn’t cover everything, but these 6 are almost guaranteed to be a surprise to you.

#1. “Old person smell” is real

Believe it or not, that smell everyone smells when they’re around a senior citizen is not your sense playing tricks on you. A recent study has found that people have a certain “smell” when they’re at certain stages of their lives. Older people, for example, have a milder, more pleasant scent than a middle aged person, and certainly more so than a younger man. These natural smells are then influenced, of course, by the particular person’s hygiene, daily life and environment etc. leading to the eponymous smell. Which is why, though you know old people smell when you smell it, it never smells the same from person to person.

#2. You physically cannot poop at night

man having difficulty pooping at nightUnless you have a physical condition making you have to evacuate your bowels in the middle of the night, under normal conditions, it is almost physically impossible to poop in the middle of the night. You can urinate, for sure, because there’s only so far your kidneys can stretch before evacuation must occur.

The human body can go about 6-8 hours sleeping before it has to go, which is why one of the first things we do in the morning is take a leak. However, excrement is pushed out via a highly sophisticated system of neurons in your gut that controls the contractions of your colon. And this system is heavily influenced by your body’s circadian rhythm, your “internal clock” that wakes you up in the morning and makes you sleepy at night. So, since your brain is telling your body to sleep at night, it thus tells the colon to hold it in for another 6-8 hours. Thus, if you try to poop at night, you’re going to have a bit of trouble.

#3. Fingerprints actually weaken our grip

It was widely believed up until a few years ago that fingerprints improve our grip on objects. However, recent studies have shown that may not be the case at all. After all, if it were true, then utterly flat surfaces like plexiglass would be simple to hold onto, when in reality it is not. In fact, if anything, the ridges formed by our fingerprints may actually weaken our rip because they reduce the contact area of the skin. Instead, fingerprints are theorized to help our fingers wick water off of our fingertips or help the skin on the fingers stretch when under intense stress, protecting it from damage.

#4. The growling in your stomach is your stomach begging for food

We’ve all been there, you’re in public, likely in some super important meeting or class that got you out of the house before you could any type of substantial breakfast. And sure enough, your stomach starts growling. All eyes turn, somehow knowing exactly who it was. You’re probably wondering what that is. Well, it turns out that yes, it is your stomach literally begging you to feed it. When your stomach “growls”, that means the digestive juices are churning around as the stomach muscles contract. This is the action taken by a stomach that needs food, and is thus preparing itself for food, getting the digestive juices flowing around for maximum effect and making sure the stomach muscles are ready to process the food that eventually comes. The solution to this is simple, eat smaller meals more often throughout the day.

#5. Your pits stink because of bacteria

man smelling his armpits with bad odorWe all sweat, all over our bodies in fact. So what is it about the sweat in our armpits that makes it so stinky? Sweat isn’t exactly the best smelling thing in the world, granted, but there’s something so uniquely disgusting about pit stink that is all its own. The answer is astoundingly simple: bacteria. The human body has two types of sweat glands. The glands on your arms, legs, and most other places release what’s essentially saltwater. The sweat in your armpits and groin, on the other hand, is made of a more oily substance, which the bacteria in those areas consume. The stink is released by the bacteria as they consume the oil.

#6. Osteoarthritis can predict bad weather

It’s not an exact science, but in 2007, a research team working at Tufts University ran a test where they measured the fall of temperature and how it related with osteoarthritic knee pain. They found that, for every ten degrees dropped, the pain increased by a small margin. Small, but noticeable. When a bad storm is approaching an area, the atmospheric pressure in that area drops, which causes body tissue to expand. Which, if you have pain in your joints, can cause serious swelling and pain. Not to say this makes the arthritic masters of predicting weather, but if you have arthritis, and you notice a sudden spike in pain for no discernable reason, it’s probably time to get inside.

Men and women handle babies differently, even if they are both very adept at handling children. In many children’s lives a father’s presence is the exception and not the rule, but how does this affect the children? For that matter, how does it affect the father?

 

Here are some ways a father affects children’s development and vice versa.

 

A FATHERLESS CHILD DOESN’T EXIST

Though a child’s father may not be in the home or not present at all, this doesn’t mean the child will live their life without a father. When a child is able to understand that children have a mother and a father, this child starts to look for a paternal figure. These children either make up a father or adopt one that is to their liking. They may not use the term “Daddy”, but this man has a big influence on their life, nonetheless. If a child has had no masculine influence, they may seek out a paternal figure for the rest of their lives.

Children’s foundation and perspective on the world are shaped when they are very young and a father plays a vital role in this picture. His presence or lack thereof contributes to the survival and well-being of the child. For a child, the father need not be the biological father, but the child will assign an “emotional father”. this is the most important bond that will shape the future of the child.

The differences in the mother and father relationship ensure that mothers do not “father” a child and fathers do not “mother” a child. There are intrinsic differences in the handling and nurturing of children.

Read on to see the profound contributions a father has on a child and how much a child can affect a father.

GOING FROM A “MALE” TO A “FATHER”

The bond between a child and its father is very strong, even before birth. This change occurs both in the psychological and physical realms. Throughout many cultures, men are intensely invested in the pregnancy and delivery process and may experience physiological changes such as aches and pains in the mouth and abdomen, weight gain, and food craving. For instance, in the Yucatan peninsula, a woman’s pregnancy is undeniable when her spouse craves carbohydrate-rich foods. Often, men may feel immense anxiety about their abilities to provide and protect their child and spouse. Not only in their waking life but in their dreams.

dad who takes Progentra with his infant child resting on his chestA nearly unmatched effect on the transition from “male” to “father” is witnessing the birth of his own child. This helps the father, especially if he is a new father, attach to his baby in a unique way and create his own feelings. A study, conducted by Greenberg, showed that being present for your baby’s birth increased men’s ability to describe their babies temperament, mood, and personality at 3 and 6 months. He named this period of time “engrossment”. this was characterized by men’s desire to hold, touch, and look at their newborn for hours. Most men were surprised by this intense connection with their child.

After birth, this bond can be disrupted, unintentionally. Society, in an effort to boost the uninterrupted bond between mother and baby, may cut the connection with the father. Fathers are often told or hinted that they should give the mother and newborn space to bond. Often, this can last for three months and over this time the father can miss many opportunities to nurture that close bond he has for his child.

According to Zaslow, two-thirds of first-time father feel some depression during this time. The feel inadequate, like they lack control, and pushed to the side. This study showed that the greatest treatment for this unpleasant state was more contact with the infant.

Often, the vulnerability of parenthood and all its associated concerns is understood from the mother’s point of view, but not the father’s. when her baby responds to her and she is able to practice her new skills, she receives the relief from her feeling of anxiety of being a new mother. This same feeling of anxiety and need for relief of parental inadequacy is present in the father.

Unlike the mother, many fathers haven’t had prior experience caregiving, but for the mother, she is tasked with the unending pressure to be a “good mother” so she may feel a much stronger need to start bonding early and showing her competence. This fear of failure, and not living up to her expectations, may push her to hold close to the infant and push the father out of the bonding relationship. Overall, the mother gets exclusive control of the bonding time with the infant while the father hardly gets in any time.

Francis Grossman labels this behavior “gatekeeping”. The mother holds the key to the child and allows the father access to do tasks she believes he can correctly do, rather than helping the father build his own, unique, relationship with the child.

If society had similar expectations for fathers as mothers, how would this negatively or positively affect this “gatekeeping” behavior?

PATERNAL CARE

Progentra user dad playing with daughter outdoors20 years of research have shown that infants respond different to father, physiologically. Eight-week-old infants are able to tell the difference between their mother and father. A study done by Yogman looked at infants who sat comfortably. In anticipation of being picked up by their mother, the babies responded by settling in, partially closing their eyes, and slowing their heart and respiratory rates. When anticipating being picked up by their father, the babies hunched up their shoulder, increased their heart and respiratory rates, and widened their eyes.

These are vastly different responses and show infants value their father’s interactions and look forward to them.

INFANTS’ HEALTH

It has been shown that paternal involvement helped all infants score higher on tests of development, social responsiveness, resiliency, and boosts in weight gain and earlier discharge of premature infants.

FATHER AS SOLE CAREGIVER

When fathers were the sole or primary parent, their babies were shown to be vigorous, active, curious, and enjoyed inviting the external world into their own. They reveled in the external world and were competent.

Fathers play a significant role in children’s lives, experience great anxiety around the outcome of their children, and need a chance to show their paternal side. Rather than being a supplement to the mother’s care, fathers must be considered fully-developed parents who have a profound impact on their child.

Regardless of how you feel about the taste, coffee is one of the most common sources of the stimulant affectionately known as “caffeine.” Roughly 80% of caffeine consumption comes from coffee. Coming in second and third place are soda and tea, respectively. Caffeine can be found in some diverse places, however, and is the most frequently used drug globally.

What Is Caffeine, Anyway?

Caffeine is a fairly common topic; most everyone you speak to will understand what you mean when you say “caffeine.” The vast majority of American adults consume caffeine daily, but what exactly is it? At its core, caffeine is a white powder with an intensely bitter taste, known by the name 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. Since that was not a catchy name, they decided to call it “caffeine.”

Where Does Caffeine Come From?

cup of coffee and sack of coffee beans with plantation backgroundCaffeine can be naturally derived from the parts of over sixty different types of plants. The most common sources found in the American diet are from coffee, tea, and soda. Energy drinks are increasingly popular. Caffeine can also be created in a synthetic process and added to products, such as supplements and medications.

Caffeine consumption is widely regarded as a safe process in the correct amounts. This comes down to approximately 200-300mg of caffeine daily. High doses can exceed 400, however. The average sits around 280mg, while some outliers consume as much as 600mg each day.

How Addictive Is Caffeine?

If you ever feel like you cannot face the day without your morning cup of coffee, you might be addicted. Or could you? Whether caffeine is addictive is a hot topic. Do you consume is for the desire to drink it or do you drink it to satisfy a craving?

Based on the criteria for substance abuse, most would argue that you can become addicted to caffeine. However, because those that drink caffeine and then remove it from their diet do not always experience withdrawal symptoms and do not always develop dependence, there is no use comparing it to other, more serious types of addition.

The effects of caffeine can vary widely from person to person. You may feel that you are dependent upon it, but it is not a universally addictive substance. The best advice to take is to experiment with caffeine to see how it affects you. Learn how your body feels about it and make well-informed decisions based on those observations.

Can You Overdose On Caffeine?

The amount of coffee, tea, or soda that you would have to ingest in order to die from caffeine intake would be astronomical. However, high caffeine intake has been on the rise recently and there are more caffeinated products on the market than ever before. There are supplements, energy drinks, candy, gum, and medications that all contain caffeine.

This begs the question: if caffeine were dangerous, federal law would dictate that the dosage of caffeine in each product be listed on the food label, right? Unfortunately, that is a false statement. Caffeine is required to be listed as an ingredient, but manufacturers are not required to list the amount of caffeine in any given product on its label.

There is a syndrome known as “caffeine intoxication” which is common in people that are rarely exposed to caffeine. However, anyone who uses caffeine in levels that their body is not used to can be at risk of intoxication. The symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Excitement
  • Nervousness
  • Flushed face
  • Insomnia
  • Diuresis
  • Other gastrointestinal grievances

 

It is also possible to die from overdosing on caffeine, though the dose would have to be extremely large. In order to die from drinking coffee, you would have to drink approximately one hundred cups right after another in order to get to a lethal dose. It sounds unlikely, but there is a confirmed case of death from caffeine powder consumption, so it is not entirely out of the question.

Does Caffeine Aid In Weight Loss?

cup of artisan coffeeWeight loss supplements are flooding the market and they are rarely all they are cracked up to be. While the claims are often substantial, the payoff as well as the research behind the products are often not there. Caffeine has been dubbed “the next big thing” in the world of weight loss supplements for its use as an appetite suppressant, energy enhancer, and for its so-called “fat burning” assets.

However, the evidence to support these claims that caffeine can help weight loss are mixed. In some studies, high intake of caffeine was shown to lead to higher weight loss, while another found that it leads to gaining weight due to increased stress hormones. As of now, the evidence is inconclusive.

Are There Health Benefits To Caffeine?

While people often say that their coffee habit is a “guilty pleasure,” it can have certain health benefits. Most of the research done, however, is based around coffee, rather than isolated caffeine. Because coffee is the most widely consumed source of caffeine, the benefits can be linked to both caffeine and coffee itself.

  • Coffee can affect your brain health by aiding in increasing your long-term memory.
  • Drinking 2-3 cups a day can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • As caffeine is digested, it affects the burning of fat cells, blood flow, and capacity for oxygen, making it a good option for a pre-gym treat.
  • Drinking coffee can lower your risk of developing cancer, especially skin cancers, endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, and liver cancer.
  • You can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by even occasionally drinking coffee.
  • Drinking three cups of coffee can also prevent cognitive impairment from developing into dementia.
  • Drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day lowers your risk of suffering symptoms of depression.

 

Overall, caffeine is a very personal experience. How it affects you and how you deal with its affects is up in the air. Until you know how certain levels of caffeine affect you, you should do your best to monitor your intake. Additionally, make sure to never consume more than 10 grams!

 

Men are the last people to ask for help, and this is a serious problem. You need to be strong, tough, never cry, etc. Well sometimes not asking for help can truly backfire. There really is a reason that women live longer than men, and it is because they openly talk about what is wrong and find solutions easier. Men think that if they ask for help that they are considered to be weak. Even if you don’t feel like talking about your health issues with your buddies, try talking about them with your physician. There are multiple conditions and diseases that men can fall victim to as they age. Here are the top 10 health issues found in men.  

Cardiovascular disease

Did you know that 1 in 3 men have some sort of cardiovascular disease? Cardiovascular disease can lead to strokes, heart attacks, hypertension, and even death. Make sure that you are getting regular checkups to make sure that do not have, or are not experiencing, the effects of cardiovascular disease.

Respiratory disease

There are more and more men being diagnosed with lung cancer every year. It is not just men who smoke either. Respiratory disease can come from multiple things, including poor working conditions. Make sure that you are getting regular checkups on your respiratory system, even if you are not a smoker.

Alcohol

alcoholic man pouring a bottle should learn about Progentra benefitsAlcohol can lead to many different diseases and conditions. This is not to say that you should completely cut it out of your life, but you should enjoy it in moderation. Studies have shown that alcohol in moderation can help prevent many different conditions and diseases as we age. If the alcohol is not enjoyed in moderation, it can lead to harmful cancers like throat, mouth, esophagus, colon and liver cancer. Alcohol can also affect your hormone production and your testicular functions.

Depression and Suicide

This is a major killer of men. More men die every year from depression and suicide than women. This does not mean that women experience these conditions less, it just means that they are more likely to ask for help. It is not detrimental to your manhood to ask for help if you believe that you may be suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. It is better to receive help than to lose your life to a condition that can be helped.

Accidental injuries

Men are more likely to experience accidental injuries or accidents. This is not saying that they are less careful, but it does mean that they are more likely to put themselves at risk. Whether you are at work or at home you are almost twice as likely to experience an accident or injury as your female counterpart. Take it from a woman and think twice before you do that questionable activity.

Diabetes

diabetic man taking blood sugar test can benefit from ProgentraDiabetes is a rising health condition. More and more people are being diagnosed with diabetes every year. This is a result of our fast paced, grab and go, lifestyles. Diabetes can create a few complications for men including lower testosterone levels and sexual impotence. If your diabetes goes untreated it can also create nerve damage, heart diseases, kidney damage, vision problems, stroke and, even death. To prevent this, make sure that you are getting yearly physicals from your primary care physician.

Skin cancer

We are all susceptible to skin cancer, but men are especially. Men are less likely to wear sunscreen or have good skin care routines. Unlike women, who even have sunscreen in the makeup they wear, men are much less likely to have sunscreen lying around. This makes men more than twice as likely to develop skin cancer over women. Men also tend to spend more time in the sun and spend less time visiting their doctors. Make sure that even if you never develop a good skin care routine, to try to apply sunscreen at least once a day, especially if you are spending the day outside.

HIV/AIDS

HIV infections are rising among gay and bisexual men once again. This epidemic is detrimental and could affect you, even if you are a straight man. To prevent the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS make sure that you are taking the proper precautions before every sexual experience. You should also visit your primary care physician if you are worried that you may have contracted and STDs, STIs, or anything else.

Influenza and Pneumonia

These may seem like common illnesses, but as we age we become more susceptible to their more detrimental side effects. Aging makes us more susceptible to dying from these illnesses that were fairly easy to conquer when we were young. You cannot always prevent these types of illnesses but, especially as you age, you should get annual flu shots to help prevent the spreading of these illnesses.

Liver disease

The more alcohol that you drink and the more tobacco products that you use, the more like you are to get liver disease. Although the liver is a regenerating organ, it is still very detrimental to get liver disease. Your body needs your liver to help process out all of the bad toxins that enter it, which is why it is more susceptible the more you drink or use tobacco. You should get a physical every year from your primary care physician to help prevent the development of liver disease or any other disease.

These are only the top ten health issues that are found in men. There are a lot more out there and you can be susceptible to any of them. There is a wide range of cancers, conditions, and diseases that you should get checked for. Just one yearly visit to your doctor can make all the difference. If you believe that you may be experiencing any of these conditions, or others, contact your doctor immediately. Doctor visits are never very pleasant, but living a long, full life is much better than dying young and in a lot of pain.

 

Perfectionism sounds like a good thing, but it is not. Humans are flawed, so this impossible goal translates to the pursuit of perfection. This pursuit will never end, but still, we continue to chase. This compulsion stems from anxiety and it propels a talented person to hoard their imperfect creations in the misguided belief they can rid them of errors. If you struggle with the need to perfect your product before releasing, this article can give you some insight into how this need may be getting in the way of your amazing masterpieces

Release And Then Collect The Benefits

Some mainstream products were not only imperfect, but were released to the world with many needed improvements, such as the first iPhone, SpaceX Falcon, and the first electric car. These amazing technologies were released with the big picture in mind. Overall, they worked, and though they had many flaws people loved them. They were patient with the flaws because like the creators they could see the brilliance that needed only polishing. They poured money into the project so the creators could improve these revolutionary products. When you hoard your work or spend four or five times the amount of time needed to finally force you to release it, this delays all the feedback you will need to begin work on the next iteration. Like us, all products are a work in progress.

Imperfection Accompanies Most Great Things

Except for babies and prodigies, there aren’t many first drafts of anything that come out perfect. Developing the knowledge, skills, and failures that will lead to success in any endeavor is a process. Releasing a mostly-polished product that may have some issues is better than holding onto it until it has reached the peak of imperfectness. To get the feedback you need to improve you must first release. Creating something that is useful and resonates with others is the ultimate goal. Even those perfect babies don’t come out walking, using the bathroom, and feeding themselves. Over time, they improve, just like your product.

Embrace Feedback

perfectionist businessman who takes Progentra accepting feedbackTo improve your product you have to first submit it for feedback. There’s only so much critique you can give your work before you need someone else to give their objective opinion. Many times, people don’t share their ideas or opinions because they fear they’re stupid. Holding these potentially great ideas in erases your path to success. Every great idea started with a partial idea that needed feedback to become better. Some great ideas began as awful rough drafts. By keeping a product or idea back until its perfect, you are slowing down the iteration process. Once your idea is out in the world, you will receive the suggestions that will help you make the product the best it can be.

Even if your idea is excellent from the start, an objective opinion can help you see it in a different angle. With many other opinions, you can ferret out new functions, potential issues, and other ways to improve.

Feedback isn’t a bad thing. It is used to improve your product or idea. But, first, you must release the idea or product.

Fear Is The Root Of Perfectionism

Criticism and the resulting negative feelings associated with it lead to perfectionism. When your idea is not already perfect, you may fear that others will hate it and you’ll fail. Luckily, fear can be changed, because it is produced by the mind. The irrational fear of releasing a less than perfect product or idea can be combated through analyzing your fear and the worst-case scenario.

What is the worst case scenario?

You will get feedback and it may be critical. Just by knowing the root of your fear, you are helping yourself eliminate, or reduce, it. Criticism is an excellent way to improve your product or idea. It allows you to engage your potential customers and track what they do or don’t like. When you are more in tune with your customers’ desires, you can tailor your idea or product to their needs and reach more people.

If you don’t know what your customers need, how will you solve their problem?

Criticism can be scary, but you need it to make the solution that can help others.

Failure Is Amazing

perfectionist man learning to accept failure and wants to try ProgentraIf you have never failed, you have never done anything. That’s not how you want to live your life. You have too much potential to do nothing. All great innovators failed. A lot. Before hitting his biggest success, the PC, Steve Jobs failed repeatedly. Elon Musk fails, often. Like you, they have great potential, and though they continue to fail, they persist in order to better the world.

Dreaming, creating, and releasing is the triad of reaching your potential as a human. Many of us look for our purpose, but it seems, our core purpose is to create. Success is a journey littered with failures. A broken wheel here, a rusted car there. You will fail many more times than you will succeed, but each failure is there to help you learn how to be successful.

There Is No Perfection

None of us will ever be perfect. Not a day in our life. We’re wired with flaws. We’re wired to make mistakes because we need to change to evolve. If we were perfect, however you want to define that, we would go extinct. With no need to adapt, we would remain the same throughout the generations and be unprepared for the changing world around us. Our intellect, introspection, and mistakes keep our species alive.

So, go out, and help us evolve. Make mistakes and learn from them!

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung disease that blocks airflow from the lungs. It is chronic and inflammatory by nature, usually caused by contact with lung aggravations, such as cigarette smoke. COPD can lead to an increased risk of developing other disease, such as those that affect the heart and lungs.

Despite its glum outlook, COPD is treatable as well as preventable. When detected early enough and properly managed, COPD sufferers can control their symptoms and lead a healthy life with a lessened risk of the side conditions that often come with COPD. Living with the disease is also made easier with the support of others.

Symptoms

COPD symptoms all hover around the respiratory system, typically encompassing most breathing activities. These symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath that worsens with physical activity
  • Excessive clearing of the throat
  • man coughing from COPDA chronic cough
  • Wheezing
  • Constant respiratory infections

 

Symptoms may also occur outside of the respiratory system. These can include:

  • Tightness of the chest
  • Blue tint to lips or nail beds
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling in feet or legs

 

There are also instances where people with COPD experience worsened symptoms that persist for several days. These are called “exacerbations” and are common with COPD. They can become worse over time and possibly lead to lung failure, so seek help immediately.

Causes

The main cause of COPD is tobacco smoke. 20-30% of habitual smokers will develop COPD, regardless of diagnosis. However, COPD can develop when individuals are exposed to fumes when cooking or heating when in poorly ventilated areas.

COPD affects your lungs by effectively weakening them and worsening their function. Air becomes trapped in the lungs when exhaling, making breathing more difficult. This also leaves your airways more susceptible to further illness. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are common in people with COPD.

Risk Factors

Being exposed to tobacco smoke is the most prevalent risk factor for developing COPD. Habitual cigarette smoking is the most common cause, and the longer and more you smoke, the greater the risk becomes. Victims of secondhand smoke inhalation and those with asthma that smoke are also much more at risk of developing COPD.

Unfortunately, age and genetics also play a role, so even if you do not smoke you are not necessarily in the clear completely. COPD is a slow burning disease, and many are over the age of 40 when symptoms begin. Certain genetic disorders and deficiencies also influence the risk.

Complications

COPD opens the door to a whole host of complications due to decreased lung function.

Respiratory infections, such as the flu, pneumonia, and the common cold, are more common in those with COPD. These can verge on dangerous because they further weaken the lungs and the lung tissue, as well as making it more difficult to breathe. Regular vaccinations can help prevent these infections, but it is not guaranteed.

Lung cancer is more common with COPD. The risk of development is also common in chronic smokers, so quitting may reduce the risk.

People with COPD are also more likely to develop heart problems, including the elevated likelihood of experiencing heart attacks. Heart disease is also elevated with chronic smokers, so quitting smoking may reduce the risk.

High blood pressure is a risk that comes with COPD as well, predominantly in the arteries of the lungs. Bringing blood to the lungs becomes more difficult and a condition called pulmonary hypertension may occur.

People with COPD are also at a higher risk of developing depression. COPD can prevent you from enjoying the activities you were previously able to do and combating a chronic illness can lead to depression.

Treatment

doctor looking at lung xray of COPD patientCOPD is diagnosed with lung tests, X-rays, or CT scans. COPD is most commonly found in mild stages, but even when it reaches advanced stages, outlooks are still positive. There are effective therapies available for controlling symptoms, improving breathing ability, and reducing risks of complications.

One of the most crucial steps is stopping smoking. There are also many different types of medications on the market to treat symptoms as well as complications of COPD. Inhalers, steroids, and bronchodilators are common forms of treatment.

There are also types of lung therapy available for those with more severe symptoms. Oxygen therapy is common for those who need assistance with activity or sleep, but also for those who need an extra hand with everyday breathing. This is a proven technique backed by evidence, and it is the only form of treatment that can extend life.

There are also rehabilitation programs that can help you change your lifestyle. These generally include education on exercise and nutrition alongside counseling. These programs can shorten hospital stays as well as improve your overall quality of life.

Surgery is also a viable option for those who see less success on medication. Lung volume reduction, transplants, and bullectomy are common practices.

Prevention

COPD is a clearer condition than most other chronic diseases. The cause and path of development is much more obvious than in the cases of other diseases. The most important route to reducing your risk of COPD is to quit smoking, or never begin to smoke.

This may not seem easy for a longtime smoker, but the resources are out there. There are programs to help with the tobacco and nicotine addiction. This is the best and more dependable chance to prevent damage to the lungs over time.

Your life will change after a COPD diagnosis. Life becomes a little bit more difficult when you cannot breathe, but even knowing the cause of the issue can weigh you down. There are physical as well as emotional trials that come with the disease. However, management of the disease is only the beginning of a better life.

There are ways to manage your symptoms, as mentioned above, but there are also support groups available for you and those affected. Sharing experience and strength with others is a major step in your emotional recovery process, and you may also be able to improve the life of someone else with your own experience.

So, you’ve sat down, turned on the TV, and are wondering what to watch. You’ve been on a positivity kick for months and you’re looking for encouraging movies that’ll boost your endorphins to the max. Well, you’re on the right track. Positive movies have the ability to inspire, motivate, and lift your spirits. But, what are some super positive movies?

I’m glad you asked. Here are 11 uplifting movies for your voracious appetite.

 

#1 Big Fish

This whimsical tale of the unbelievable life of Ed Bloom is filled with larger-than-life characters and magnificent stories. Ed Bloom has lived a life we can only dream of. From giants to witches to knowing his future, his life is extraordinary. Watch Big Fish alone or with your family.

#2 Remember The Titans

Based on a true story, this is the story of racism, two football teams, and people’s ability to come together for a larger cause. As integration is shoved through this Southern high school and two teams are forced to combine into one, hatred blooms. But, Coach Boone, the newly-appointed African-American coach, will not tolerate hatred between his players. If they can’t come together, they can’t play together. With his no-nonsense ways and huge heart, he will transform this team into a beast of a machine both on and off the field. Remember The Titans is a film you’ll want to watch again.

#3 Little Miss Sunshine

family watching movie at home theaterA testament to being true to yourself, Little Miss Sunshine, is the story of one extremely dysfunctional family and the little girl who wants to join a beauty pageant being held across the country. Her family gathers together to get there in time and the various issues that ensue will bond them closer than ever. Full of the realities of being in a family, especially a dysfunctional one, this movie will keep a smile on your face.

#4 Groundhog Day

A masterful feel-good classic, Groundhog Day, chronicles the life of a grumpy, bitter, news reporter. Through some stroke of bad luck, the reporter begins to live the same day over and over again. As the day ends and begins again, he will eventually lay down his sword of bitterness and discover the wonders of life. Groundhog Day’s overarching message is gratitude. Each day you have is precious.

#5 Slumdog Millionaire

A teen from the slums of Mumbai looks for his lost love. To get a better chance of finding her, this resilient, intelligent, teen goes on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. After he wins he is arrested and charged with cheating, so he must convince the world that an impoverished boy is capable of winning this show. With suspicions mounting, and still in search of his love, he may not find her, but he’ll keep trying.

#6 Down With Love

Set in the ‘60s, this movie begins with two people who don’t love. The man avoids love like it’s a rabid dog, while the woman has no need for love, at all. A wonderful romcom, these two love-haters meet and are pleasantly surprised with the result. They learn the true nature of love-when you don’t know you need it, love will show you that you do.

#7 The Pursuit of Happyness

Based on a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness, follows the struggles and triumphs of an intelligent man’s battle with homelessness. A bright spark in a dull world, this man sells large and heavy bone density scanners. Through rough times, abandonment, and a stranger who steals one of his bone density scanners to time travel, this man, and his young son, lose everything. With one chance cloaked in an unpaid internship, this man’s fortitude, resilience, and sheer unstoppable conviction will build a world for him and his son. Starring Will Smith and his real-life son, Jaden Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness, is a tour de force that will careen you through many emotions and, by the end, leave you craving to live up to every potential you have.

#8 Billy Elliot

couple in movie theater, guy has more energy with ProgentraDuring the ‘80s miner strike in England, one boy, Jamie Bell, has dreams of ballet. Harboring great skill and passion, he fights against the stigma of boy ballet dancers. Though his family is impoverished, they sacrifice everything to help him go to ballet school and fulfill his life’s purpose.

#9 Stepmom

When a woman’s cancer progresses, she enlists her husband’s new wife to care for her children. Sitting on opposite sides of the same fence, she befriends this woman to find the best mother for her children. This story will bring up a well of emotions as these women redefine family and the loyalty of a mother.

#10 Big

When a teen wishes “to be big” he’s beyond surprise when he wakes up the next day a grown man. Suddenly, his voice is deep, his legs are hairy, and he has to get a job. A real job. But, what’s a teen to do? Learn and mature. In this 1988 classic, not only does he find a good job but he even finds love.

#11 Precious

A hard-hitting and inspirational story of a teenage girl who has many strikes against her, Precious, is an amazing movie spearheaded by Oscar-nominated Gabourey Sidibe. This teenager lives a life of hardship, abuse, illiteracy, poverty, and obesity. None of these strikes will dampen her determination or hope. She is set on creating a beautiful life for her and her children. Note that this movie doesn’t soften the hardships of her life; it is gritty, raw, and real. After watching this brilliant film the answer to this question will be a resounding yes.

Can a rose bloom in a dark room?

Movies are an excellent way to explore many different facets of your own personality. You can get a glimpse into the lives of people of a different age, race, gender, sexual orientation through the stories told from their perspective.

As we get older it can feel as if we are not as healthy as we used to be, but this is something that is easy to fix. We tend to put other priorities over our health, because we feel like we have to. Self-care is a large part of staying healthy. Here are a few suggestions so that you can stay as healthy as possible.

Quit Staying Late at Work.

Yes, sometimes staying late is essential, but many times we choose to stay late although we don’t necessarily have to. By working long hours regularly, you will see a decline in your health as the added stress is not good for you. The longer hours you work, the more likely you will develop mental health issues, and as we all know these can be harmful to your overall health. So, don’t over stress yourself, keep to your regular hours unless you absolutely have to stay late for the project to be finished on time.

Keep Up With Your Friends.

male friends jumping off to lake, keeping activeWe can’t always hit every event that our friends have planned, but you need to keep up with your friends and family. Being connected with others is very good for your health. We are social creatures, whether we like it or not. We need others to stay healthy and sane. Being alone all the time is not good for our health.

Eat More Protein.

This may seem like an irrelevant point, but eating lean proteins is very good for your health. They help with your metabolism and many of these meats are high in the Omega acids we need to support good brain and overall body health.

Go Outside.

Think about it, we all get seasonal depression in some way. When we aren’t outside as much, especially in the winter, we begin to think about how great summer time is. We need the sun for our health. Being outside can be rejuvenating for our bodies and minds. We all know that getting too much sun can be bad for our health, but overall being outside is one of the easiest, and most natural ways, to stay healthy.

Get Off Your Electronics.

It is super easy to waste time with our electronics. Whether we are flipping through social media or tv channels, we can waste a lot of time with our electronics. The more time you spend in front of the tv, or just on your couch in general, the more likely you are to develop heart disease. Turn off your electronics and move around, even if you don’t make it outside, housework can also help to burn calories and keep your heart rate up.

Eat More Veggies.

Honestly, a very common stereotype for men is to only eat meat heavy meals. You do not have to do that to be a manly-man. Instead of your plate consisting of a large steak and maybe some potatoes, try adding more veggies. You do not have to eat only meat heavy meals. I’m not saying cut out the meat completely, it’s good for you, but try adding more to your meals than just a large T-bone.

Do You Have Joint Pain?

Pay attention to your body, if something hurts talk to your doctor about it. If you are having any joint pain, especially if you are still in your twenties or thirties, make sure that are doing something about it now so that it doesn’t progress to something worse later.

You Can Still Drink Your Coffee.

Studies have shown that men who drink coffee and get moderate exercise have less of a risk of things like prostate cancer. This is a great sign as most of us are coffee drinkers. Studies have also suggested that coffee and getting regular exercise can lead to a longer life span.

Get regular Checkups.

man having regular checkup for healthAs we get older we need to worry about being more susceptible to disease. Make sure that you are getting regular physicals. Even if your last physical had you as perfectly healthy, be aware that our bodies change quite frequently and something that may have gone unnoticed before may be a problem now.

Work on Your Relationship.

Happy wife, happy life, am I right? Studies have shown that men who are in happy relationships are usually in better health than men who are not. Even if you are not currently in a relationship, remember that this applies to all sorts of relationships. The happier the relationships in your life are, the more likely you are to be healthier as a result.

Stress Control.

If you can keep your stress in check, you are more likely to be happy and healthy. Stress is a large factor into why many adults fall ill. Think about it, the last time you got really sick was probably during some large project, you know, a time where you “just can’t be sick!” This tends to happen more often as we get older, stress really affects our health, so try to keep it in check.

Get Rid of the Sugar!

Try to get rid of sugary drinks in your home. The sugars that are found in pop can increase the risk of many different diseases and disorders found in the body. Once you start to cut back on sugary drinks you will see a change in your body and in your mood.

It Only Takes 30 Minutes.

By exercising for 30 minutes a day or more, you will find yourself happier and healthier. Exercise can reduce depression and help to lower the risk of many diseases and disorders that we become more susceptible to as we get older. Even if you can’t take a full 30 minutes out of your day, some exercise throughout the day will help you to feel great.

Get Your Partner In On It.

If you and your partner have similar goals, it will be easier to stay healthy. When you are both working towards something you can encourage and help each other to reach those goals. So, get your partner in on this new, healthy, lifestyle!