Sixty percent of men do not go to the doctor for annual check ups.
That statistic is staggering, especially when you consider regular checkups can detect early stages of a number of diseases that affect men—including prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among American men.
5 health tips for men’s health month
Men’s health month aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage regular preventative health screenings. Here are five things you can do to live long and healthfully:
- Schedule an annual physical (every year)
Even if you are feeling okay, an annual physical is one of the best ways to promote good health. It’s a good opportunity to check cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure levels—three leading indicators of overall health.
- Get physical
Take care of your heart and reduce stress with at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. It can be as simple as taking a brisk walk or playing with your children, grandchildren, or animals.
- Get rest
Men need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night in order to perform at their best. If you’re not getting enough restorative slumber, you’re putting yourself at increased risk for certain respiratory diseases,type 2 diabetes, stroke, or heart disease.
- Stop smoking
Each time you smoke, you’re increasing your risk of respiratory disease, lung cancer, and emphysema. Ask your doctor to help you quit.
- Eat the rainbow
Fill your plate with colorful fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Not only will these foods give your more energy than fast or processed foods, they are also helpful in preventing certain diseases, like prostate cancer.
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