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Mens health: Prevent the top threats
The biggest threats to men's health include heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. And these threats often are preventable. Take control by talking with your health care provider about your risk factors. Then get serious about reducing your risk. Here's what you need to know to live a longer, healthier life.


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Stress and weight gain
When you're under stress, you may find it harder to eat healthy. During times of particularly high stress, you may eat in an attempt to fulfill emotional needs. This sometimes is called "stress eating" or "emotional eating." And you may be especially likely to eat high-calorie foods during times of stress — even when you're not hungry. Dr. Edward Creagan, an emeritus Mayo Clinic oncologist and palliative care specialist, offers several stress management techniques to combat stress-related weight gain.

What is meant by the term 'heart age'?
"Heart age" is a way to understand your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Your heart age is calculated based on your risk factors for heart disease, such as age and family history, as well as diet, physical activity and smoking. A younger heart age means a lower risk of heart disease. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.

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