Based on our site’s analytics, most of our readers are female.
So why write a post about men’s health?
Well, we all have men in our lives who we love dearly.
Whether it’s our dads, our brothers, our husbands, our sons, or our good friends, for one reason or another these men don’t tend to put their health as their number one priority.
Most women I know are pretty good about going regularly to the dentist, getting their mammograms, their well woman exams, and so on.
But for men, it’s just not at the top of their list.
That needs to change.
- Heart Disease
- High cholesterol
- Cancer – Lung, Skin, Prostate, Colorectal
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
Yes, it’s depressing when you think about it, but while I’ve got you thinking about it, here are ways to prevent these from happening.
14 Lifestyle Habits For Mens Health
And because I’m just so darn awesome, I’ve provided you with a handy graphic that you can print out on your computer and post up on the refrigerator to remind your man AND to remind YOU to remind your man to keep up on his health.
Yeah, I know, it can be a buzzkill at times, but it’s either be the party-pooper or see your man suffer in his golden years.
Belly Fat Check
Men are more likely than women to carry fat around their abdomens.
Belly fat is more dangerous than fat in the hips and thighs because it settles around your organs.
This can cause heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Men with a waist measurement of 40 inches or higher have an increased risk for these issues.
To measure your waist, relax and wrap a tape measure around your belly just above your hipbones.
Testicular cancer is most common in men between the ages of 18 and 35.
Checking your testicles on a monthly basis is important for men of all ages.
Yes, this is kind of awkward to talk about, but here’s how you do it:
Gently roll the skin of your scrotum around your testicles with your thumb and fingertips.
Your epididymis is the cord closer to your body that transports sperm.
That is normal.
But, if you notice any other bumps, lumps or areas of tenderness, report it to your doctor.
If you smoke or use other tobacco products, ask your doctor to help you quit.
And while you’re at it, avoid exposure to secondhand smoke as much as possible.
For help with quitting go to SmokeFree.gov.
To talk to someone about quitting, call the National Quitline at 1-800-QUITNOW (784-8669).
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, like fish.
Eat less foods that are high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.
Manage Chronic Conditions
Follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations for high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
And while you’re at the doctor, find out if you should be checked for and talk more in depth about the following, based on your particular lifestyle and overall health:
- Skin Cancer
- Prostate Screening
- Testosterone Levels
- Colon Cancer
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Choose sports or other activities you like to do.
Physical activity on its own may lower the risk of certain types of cancer.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease and various types of cancer.
Balance the calories you take in from food and drink with the calories you burn off.
Track your BMI (Body Mass Index).
A BMI over 30 is considered obese.
Work with your doctor on getting help to lose weight.
Obesity can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Only drink alcohol in moderation.
Excess alcohol can raise blood pressure and increase your risk of various types of cancer, including colon, lung, kidney and liver cancer.
Feeling constantly on edge can cause your healthy lifestyle habits to take a back seat.
Take steps to reduce stress.
Also, learn how to deal with stress in healthy ways, such as physical exercise.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
We all know that too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and premature aging.
Apply sunscreen and cover up whenever you’re outdoors.
Minimize exposure to chemicals and outdoor air pollution.
Take Measures to Prevent the Flu & Pneumonia
Wash your hands often.
Get an annual flu vaccination.
If recommended by your doctor, get a pneumonia vaccination as well.
Take Preventative Medicines If Needed
If 45 or older, ask your doctor if you should take aspirin to prevent heart disease.
Car crashes are a leading cause of fatal accidents among men.
Use common sense when driving: wear your seat belt, drive the speed limit, don’t drive after drinking alcohol or after using any mind altering substances, and don’t drive while sleepy.
Yes, this is quite a list of habits to keep up with, but doing these things in order to prevent irreversible damage is key to a long, healthy, happy life.
Did I miss anything?
What other lifestyle habits for men’s health should be included on this list?
Please let us know in the comments.
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