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
- 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 or even start taking supplements.
- 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.
- Get your vitamins
Most people can get the vitamins and minerals needed for optimum health by eating a well-balanced diet. It’s important to eat wide variety of vitamin- and mineral-rich foods, such as fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Many of those foods also provide heart-healthy fiber and natural antioxidant compounds that can help lower your risk of certain diseases. Some people may also benefit from taking a daily multivitamin or other supplements.