Although men are different than women when it comes to their physiology and approach to healthcare, they are similar in that their individual health and nutrition needs should be addressed early on and are likely change over time. As they age, men face nutritional and other lifestyle choices that can help determine their risk of developing chronic diseases. Along with poor dietary choices and sedentary lifestyle and resistance to receiving preventative healthcare, alcohol consumption appears to be a bigger factor in men’s health than in women’s. Factoring in obesity, men also have a higher overall rate of overweight than women. This excess weight contributes another risk factor for many of the chronic illness that may afflict men as they age. A registered dietitian can work with younger and older men and their families to come up with dietary solutions to prevent or reduce the negative effects of many of these conditions.
The goal of this nutrition for men continuing education course is to understand the nutritional concerns of men to be able to design sex-specific counseling and nutrition programs to improve their health. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the health of men to women
- Explain why men’s health is worse than women’s health
- Identify the nutrition and weight-related objectives of Healthy People 2020 that men typically fail to meet
- Discuss the Dietary Reference Intakes for men and the nutrients that are most likely to be lacking
- Summarize dietary factors associated with aging
- Compare and contrast the Western and “prudent” diet, and the effects each have on chronic disease
- Describe the benefits of Mediterranean and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)-style diets
- Identify the food groups that are associated with the prevention of chronic disease in men
- Discuss the incidence and prevalence in men of common diseases such as heart and pulmonary disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cancer
- Explain the elements of a diet that help prevent cardiovascular disease
- Describe metabolic syndrome and the role of diet in prevention
- Name the dietary risks and protective factors associated with prostate cancer
- List the dietary risks and protective factors associated with colorectal cancer
- Review the role of exercise in the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cancer
- Compare and contrast body composition, fat storage and resting energy expenditure in men and women
- Report the incidence and prevalence in men of underweight, overweight and obesity, and the role each plays in morbidity and mortality
- List factors that may predict weight gain in men
- Outline current sports nutrition recommendations
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