Men’s health encompasses all aspects of health including physical, mental and emotional wellbeing specific to men. Empowering men to prioritize their health can improve overall quality of life, longevity and prevention of potential health issues. Need some help getting started? Here are some key areas of men’s health that can help promote a healthy lifestyle:
Engaging in regular physical activity is vital for men’s health. It helps maintain a healthy weight, strengthens muscles and bones, improves cardiovascular health, and reduces the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, along with strength training exercises twice a week.
Adopting a nutritious and balanced diet is essential for optimal health. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins (such as fish, poultry, beans, and nuts) and healthy fats (like avocados and olive oil) in your daily meals. Limit processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive salt and alcohol consumption.
Regular medical check-ups are crucial for early detection and prevention of health issues. Schedule routine visits with your healthcare provider to monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, weight and overall health. Depending on your age and risk factors, screenings for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and other conditions might be recommended.
Pay attention to your mental wellbeing. Men can face unique challenges in terms of mental health, including stigma, reluctance to seek help and higher rates of suicide. Practice self-care, manage stress through relaxation techniques, maintain a strong support network and don’t hesitate to seek professional help, if needed.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death among men. To maintain heart health, quit smoking if you smoke, manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, maintain a healthy weight, and engage in regular physical activity. A heart-healthy diet, low in saturated and trans fats, is also essential.
Discuss any concerns about sexual health with your healthcare provider. Regularly check for testicular abnormalities and be aware of any changes in sexual function or performance. Safe sex practices and regular screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also important.
Prioritize getting adequate sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Poor sleep can negatively impact overall health, hormone levels, mood, and cognitive function.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and illicit drug use. If you need help reducing or quitting substance abuse, seek professional assistance.
Starting at age 50, or earlier if there are risk factors or family history, talk to your doctor about prostate health screenings, such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and digital rectal exams.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for reducing the risk of various health conditions. Incorporate regular exercise and a balanced diet to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Remember, the information provided here is general, and it’s always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice based on your individual circumstances.
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