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Man Fact #4 : Men Have A Big Heart, But Also More Problems

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You know what they say about the size of a person’s heart, right?.

Ever heard of the saying “men love deeper than women”? If not, that’s because I made it up. What’s undeniably true, though, is that males have a big heart — bigger, in fact, than a women’s.

Now, before you jump to conclusions, understand that to the best of my knowledge, heart size is not an indication of a person’s capacity to love. It just so happens that men are generally larger than women and, therefore, need a larger heart to function properly.

Weighing seven to fifteen ounces, depending on your overall body weight, your fist-sized heart keeps blood circulating through the arteries, veins, and capillaries. A men that achieves the normal life expectancy of 74 years can expect his heart to beat approximately 3.5 billion times in his lifetime.

Having a big heart is just one of several heart-related physical characteristics that sets men apart from women. Understanding these differences can help you make the best choices for your heart health.

Men Have Higher Metabolic Rate Than Women

Men have a faster metabolism than a woman, meaning they process and burn calories quicker. Your wife or girlfriend might not like hearing this, but a higher metabolic rate allows the average man to eat a little more and exercise a little less than the average woman to achieve the same weight goals and overall health.

Men Have Less Good Cholesterol Than Women

Abnormal cholesterol levels in the blood have been shown to contribute to heart disease, and men are at a genetic disadvantage in this area. Of the two types of cholesterol — high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) — we tend to have lower levels of good cholesterol (HDL) than women. High HDL scores are believed to be good and low LDL scores are bad, so don’t ignore cholesterol in your diet. Control it.

Men Experience More Heart Problems Than Women

Studies have found that men are inherently more susceptible to heart disease than women. Not only are we about twice as likely to have a heart attack, but we also suffer heart disease earlier in life.

Our hormonal makeup, which prioritizes testosterone over estrogen, doesn’t work in our favor. Estrogen is known to act as a shield against cardiovascular disease, so the fact that men naturally have less estrogen than women makes them more at risk heart disease throughout life.

Men Approach Heart Health Differently Than Women

There are many factors that motivate someone to control their weight and pursue a healthy lifestyle. Men seem primarily motivated by developing muscle, increasing strength and, by extension, looking good, but women pursue these goals predominately to enhance their appearance.

Take Care Of Your Heart To Feel Your Prime

If the brain is the hard drive to the bio-based computer known as the human body, then the heart is its power supply. And without the power supply, nothing else works.

Man or woman, a beating heart is the symbol of life, so make heart health your top priority. Develop a healthy lifestyle that focuses on exercising regularly to get the blood flowing; promotes healthy eating habits that cut out processed foods, which are usually high in bad cholesterol and fats; drinking a lot of water; controlling the stress; and eliminating all bad habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and not getting enough sleep.

Just as important, at least once a year, schedule a checkup to have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked, and ask your doctor to help you reach or maintain a healthy weight. Men are notorious for not seeing their doctor.

Knowledge is power, but knowledge without action is useless. The more you know, the better prepared you are to take action towards feeling your prime, looking your prime and making everything prime. Unlike the countless men who haven’t taken charge of their health, you are consciously building a life of youthful vitality. Respect and appreciate your heart.

Kwame Owusu (K.O.) is an MBA and the founder of Too Manly. As a seeker of manly truths, healthy living enthusiast, and practitioner of the TooManly lifestyle, he is committed to helping men everywhere look, feel and live the prime of their life at any age.

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