Men’s Health Week

By Bridget Burling

In Canada, 72% of men live unhealthy lifestyles. This number is contributed to factors such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption. Dr. Art Kushner shared his insights on this statistic and how the pandemic may worsen some of these factors.

Pandemic Trends 

As a result of the lockdown and the stress from the unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Kushner has noticed an “increase in unhealthy lifestyles and habits.” He said that “People who had bad habits before such as excessive drinking, smoking, cannabis use, unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise, have generally worsened, because of the isolation.” In some cases, though, Dr. Kushner has seen that eating habits have improved since people have started to cook again and rely less on restaurants and takeout food.

With alcohol consumption on the rise, there are serious health issues to consider. First, excessive drinking “causes weight gain, hypertension and can negatively impact diabetes. For mental health, alcohol is a depressant, so it promotes depression and disturbs sleep, resulting in anger, and perhaps abusive relationships.”

Dr. Kushner’s Suggestions for a Healthier Lifestyle:

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Start your day by doing the one thing that you are dreading the most
  • If you drink, drink in moderation
  • Keep in contact with family and friends virtually

Dr. Kushner emphasized the significance of keeping a positive attitude by focusing on the items mentioned above. By staying positive, people are less likely to abuse substances, resulting in a healthier lifestyle.

[Pictured: Dr. Art Kushner]