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5 Common Men's Health Problems You Can Avoid


There are some foods that just seem to be "guy" foods -- like wings, steaks and ribs, for example. And, of course, these tasty items are usually washed down, in manly fashion, with a nice cold beer. Unfortunately, the foods and beverages on a man's menu of favorites are usually the ones that can also lead to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which is a disorder that causes acid reflux and heartburn. So cutting back on spicy and fatty foods, as well as alcohol, can decrease your odds of having to battle the uncomfortable sensations they can produce in your chest and throat later that night.

Of course, you'll probably still want to indulge in these delicious no-nos from time to time. If you're willing to take that risk, it might pay to already have some preventive measures in place. A big step you can take toward reducing your occurrences of GERD is to lose weight. Being obese or overweight makes it much more likely that you'll suffer from the gastroesophageal condition.

Like overeating, smoking is another bad habit that can worsen GERD. Smoking keeps the lower esophageal sphincter from doing its job properly, so quitting can help you increase your comfort level after eating [source: Mayo Clinic]. Also avoid tight-fitting clothes, try to not lie down shortly after a meal, and raise the head of your bed.

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