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Men’s Health

Aging men may suffer from common, and sometimes unique, health issues. Compared to women, men may be more likely to:
  • Smoke and drink
  • Make unhealthy or risky choices
  • Put off regular checkups and medical care
  • Suffer from sleep apnea
Some health conditions affect men only, such as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). Many major health risks men face—such as colon cancer or heart disease—may be prevented or treated with early diagnosis. Screening tests can help find diseases early, when they are easier to treat, making it important for men to get the tests they need.

Here are a few of the most common diseases for men.

Heart Disease 
Heart disease has been and remains the leading cause of death for men in the United States over the past 100 years. This is mostly the result of dietary habits and lifestyle choices, which create and increase the known risk factors of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Here are some recommendations for prevention:
  • First and most importantly, if you are a smoker, quit. Some research has suggested that in men, the risk of cardiovascular disease was related to cigarette smoking.
  • In order to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that men should balance their calorie intake. Men should limit saturated fat to fewer than seven percent of total calories. Avoid trans fats or keep it to fewer than one percent of total calories. Consume fat-free, low-fat dairy products. And minimize the intake of partially hydrogenated fats. It's important that you talk to your doctor about developing a dietary plan to meet your individual needs.
  • Consume alcohol in moderation and avoid beverages with added sugars if possible.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, according to the AHA.
  • Purchase a home blood pressure kit and monitor your blood pressure daily. Log your readings and share them with your doctor to better manage your blood pressure.
  • If you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, schedule an appointment with your physician to see if there are any medications that may prevent or decrease your risk of heart disease.
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) 
This common condition refers to an enlarged prostate that develops as men age. Common signs include:
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Straining to urinate
  • Decreased force of stream
  • Trouble starting or trying to stop urinating
In 80 percent of cases, these symptoms suggest BPH, but in some cases they can lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer. It is very important to detect BPH early; if the disease is caught in the beginning stages, proper medications and surgery may prevent complications such as urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, and incontinence.

The FDA has approved several medications for the treatment of BPH. These drugs work by relaxing the muscle of the prostate and bladder to help improve urine flow and decrease bladder outlet obstruction.

Colon Cancer 
This cancer of the large intestine—the lower part of your digestive tract that extends to the anus or rectum—begins with the development of small cells called polyps. As these polyps grow, they turn into colon cancer.

It's difficult for a man to know he has polyps because there are often no signs. Once polyps have grown into cancer cells, symptoms may begin. The first sign of colon cancer may be a change in bowel movements. Other symptoms may include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloody stool
  • Gas and bloating
  • Constant abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
If you're a man over the age of 50, have a family history of colon cancer, or are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should speak with your physician to determine if you should be screened for colon cancer and get more information on prevention and treatment.

Sleep Apnea
In this disorder, a person regularly stops breathing for longer than 10 seconds during sleep—it can happen up to as many as 50 times each hour.

Obstructive sleep apnea may be caused by a blockage in the nose or mouth that impedes airflow during sleep. Most patients with this disorder are overweight, middle-aged men. Studies show obstructive sleep apnea affects four percent of middle-aged men compared to two percent of middle-aged women. The problem takes its toll on men during their waking hours and has been linked to heart disease. Contact your physician if you experience any symptoms or difficulty breathing when sleeping.

Be Proactive
Being aware of common men's health problems may help you catch issues early and discover what treatment options are available to you before the disease progresses.

Heart disease, BPH, colon cancer, and sleep apnea are not the only common men's health problems you should be aware of. Discuss any questions or concerns you have with your Publix pharmacist or your doctor.

References The information presented here is not intended to diagnose or treat health problems or to constitute medical advice. If you have persistent health problems or further questions, please consult with your physician.

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Phillips and One A Day

Phillips’® Fiber Good Gummies
  • An excellent source of fiber to help support regularity every day.*
  • Each serving provides an excellent source of fiber to help you get daily fiber you may need to help support regularity.*
Phillips’® Colon Health
  • Three types of good bacteria.
  • Helps defend against occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating.*
  • Helps support digestive health and immune health.*
One A Day® Men’s 50+ Healthy Advantage
  • Specially formulated for men over 50.
  • Specially formulated to support cell health with antioxidants A, C, E, zinc, selenium, copper, and manganese.*
One A Day® Men’s Health Formula
  • Get nutritional support every day.*
  • Supports heart health with vitamins B6, B12, C, E, and folic acid.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

AdvanEdge Carb Control Shakes

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Centrum® Silver® Men 50+ — For the Most Important Parts of You™

Centrum® Silver® Men 50+ is formulated with key nutrients to help support heart, brain, and eye health. † ††
  • NEW! Easy to swallow tablets. Now Centrum® Silver® Men has a new smooth coating that’s easy to swallow.§
  • Vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, and lutein to help support healthy eyes.††*
  • B vitamins and lycopene to help promote heart health.||
  • Zinc and B vitamins to help support normal brain function.†*
  • Magnesium, vitamin D, and B6 to support muscle function.*
Centrum® Men
Centrum® Men multivitamins are specially formulated with key nutrients to help meet men’s nutritional needs. These nutrients:
  • Support heart health with vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid.||*
  • Protect against the effects of physical stress with antioxidants like vitamins C and E.*
  • Support immune function with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, zinc, and iron.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

† Zinc and B vitamins help support normal brain function.*
†† Lutein, zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E support healthy eyes. This product is not intended to provide daily intake of lutein. Take with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
§ Compared to Centrum® Adult formula.
|| B vitamins help promote heart health.* Not a replacement for cholesterol-lowering drugs. 

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