Ways to Improve Men’s Health

men's health

Did you know that men are 80 percent less likely to use a regular source of healthcare, like a primary care physician, than women? In fact, a lot of men go to the doctor only if they’re sick or have a medical emergency. However, regular check-ups are important for preventing things like cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. If you haven’t had a preventative care check-up in over a year, it’s time to visit your doctor. Many diseases and conditions don’t have obvious symptoms but may put you at risk for heart attack or stroke.

5 ways to improve men’s health

Aside from eating well, staying physically active and avoiding tobacco products, the doctors at Pomona Valley Health Centers have a few additional tips for improving your health:

  • Protect yourself
    Protecting yourself from injury is important for your overall health and well being. Take care of yourself with helmets, safety glasses, seatbelts, sunscreen and insect repellent. Frequent and proper hand washing is also important to protect yourself from disease and illness.
  • Protect your prostate
    Your prostate grows as you age. You may notice changes in urinary habits and urinary problems. The best thing you can do to lower your risk of an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer is to eat a nutritious, balanced low-fat diet.
  • Manage stress
    Take time every day to do something you enjoy, and get plenty of rest each night. Doctors recommend between 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Another important part of managing your stress is maintaining a positive mental attitude. Meditation is one way to help improve your mood.
  • Get regular check-ups and screenings
    Like women, men have unique healthcare needs. Regular check-ups and health screenings not only protect your health, they also help your doctor understand your overall health. When your doctor is familiar with you and your health history, he can treat you more quickly and effectively in the event that you become ill. Find out from your doctor which health screenings are right for you based on your age and lifestyle.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the team of experienced doctors at Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-536-1493. Or use our easy online form.

Important Tips for Men’s Health and Wellness

Tips for Men's Health

Many men don’t make their health a priority. All too often, wellness is put on the back burner in favor of work or other obligations. In honor of National Men’s Health Month, the doctors at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) offer some tips for men’s health that you can start implementing today for optimal wellness.

Exercise regularly

Make sure you’re incorporating regular exercise into your normal routine, and vary your workouts so your body doesn’t get comfortable with the same movements. Men who exercise are less likely to suffer from conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, and depression.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet

Getting proper daily nutrition is crucial to your overall health and well-being. Count your nutrients, rather than your calories, and consume a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Be sure to limit foods and drinks high in calories, salt, sugar, and fat.

Make sleep a priority

Be sure to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night, as this gives your body the chance to heal and recharge. Inadequate sleep is associated with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Logging adequate amounts of sleep helps you live longer by lowering your stress, sharpening your memory, and lowering cravings for unhealthy foods.

Monitor your mental health and stress levels

Pay close attention to warning signs of depression, or if you have a family history of mental illness, talk to your doctor about the symptoms. In addition, try to manage your stress in a healthy way, as high levels of stress can be harmful to the body.

Look out for prostate and testicular cancer

As you get older, your prostate grows, resulting in urinary issues. If you’re experiencing urinary problems, talk with your doctor about scheduling a prostate exam. It’s also important to perform monthly testicular self-exams to look for any bumps or abnormalities.

For more information on men’s health, or to schedule your yearly physical, call the doctors at Pomona Valley Health Centers today at (888) 686-0773 to schedule an appointment.