by Tracy Shields
“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” –Congressman Bill Richardson
In 1986, when I was 18 years old, I stuffed envelopes and answered the phones at the original “Res-Q” building in Medford, New Jersey. Back then, it was a two-room office where boxes were piled high and a whopping two employees bore the brunt of all the work. Back then, mostly women would call after hearing about Res-Q products on the radio. They’d ask, “What can I do for my husband? His doctor just diagnosed him with heart disease.” Their voices were strained and searching. They would mention that they had young children that they were still in the prime of life.
I don’t want to lose my husband to heart disease. He’s too young.
Back in the mid-80s, not many people had heard of the health benefits of omega-3s. Pioneers like Jørn Dyerberg—one of the first researchers to discover the relationship between essential fatty acids and heart disease—were nearly unknown.
But my father was obsessed with finding a solution to what he knew was a preventable death. When he was only five, his father died of a heart attack at age 33. The trauma of losing his father set him on a lifelong journey of discovery.
Eventually, Res-Q became the company it is because of one defining fact: The products save lives. Customers who had heart attacks in their 60s and went on to take Res-Q products are now living into their 80s.
Historically, heart disease used to be considered a man’s disease. We now know that’s not true. It affects everyone, and is the leading (yet preventable!) cause of death in both men and women.
As we focus on Men’s Health Month, we encourage everyone to look out for their fathers, sons, husbands and brothers. Encourage them to eat well, exercise, take omega-3s and schedule regular doctor visits.