Men: Tips for staying healthy

Men: Tips for staying healthy

Men’s Health Awareness Month is observed in June each year to remind men that there are ways to stay healthier for themselves and their families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the five leading causes of death for men are heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, respiratory disease and stroke. Taking a few preventive actions can help reduce those risks.

First, get regular checkups from a doctor you’re comfortable talking with. Doctors are the best ally in treating health conditions and catching potential problems. Age-appropriate screenings for conditions such as prostate cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity are important. If you do have a harmful health condition, your doctor can help you treat it. Don’t avoid the doctor.

Second, don’t smoke. About 14% of adult men in the United States smoke cigarettes. Smoking and use of other tobacco products contribute to a slew of health conditions, including respiratory and heart disease. If you’re a smoker, talk to your doctor about how to quit.

Third, limit alcohol consumption and eat a healthy diet. If you drink, limit yourself to two drinks per day. Heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of certain cancers, including liver, mouth and throat, and conditions like high blood pressure. Aim for a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains to stay healthy and maintain an average weight.

Fourth thing: Stay active and keep moving.

Whether you’re Uncle, Dad, Brother or Friend, your family and friends would like to keep you around as long as possible. Maybe drive just a little slower and stay off the roof, OK?

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