Men’s Health Tips
19 Nov 2021 | Anne Marie Fogarty
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Men’s health matters – it matters to us here at ProMedical, we care about all our team here, our dedicated healthcare workers and our customers – minding your physical and mental health is an absolute priority. We can all take something positive from these tips below and make our health and wellbeing top of the list.
Although most of us seem to take care of our health, it is noticeable that an average man pays less attention to his overall wellbeing than an average woman. And that is the reason men are more prone to many common diseases such as kidney and heart diseases, diabetes, certain cancers, and obesity. Men are likely to drink alcohol, smoke, make risky choices, and not see a doctor for a regular checkup than women, for some reason. Men also have some unique issues, such as prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia, that can be prevented by changing their lifestyle and adopting a healthy diet. Regular checkups and screening tests to detect any disease in its early stage is also the key to better health and early treatment. So, what can you men out there do to better focus on your health and build better health?
Tips to a better Men’s Health:
Top men’s health threats include heart disease, cancers, kidney disease, and accidental injuries. But the risk of these conditions may be reduced by eating a healthy diet, having physical activity, managing risky behaviour, and catching the disease early by regular GP checkups.
Physical health aside, men are quite prone also to mental health issues; they don’t appear to talk as frequently and openly about their concerns as women do. Things are changing on that front as we move away from a masculine dominated stereotypical ideal of a man to a more realistic picture.
Here, we’ll discuss some of the tips which can help you achieve better men’s health.
- Visit your doctor for a regular health checkup and opt for screening tests once in a while, as men are generally notorious for not seeing their doctor. This will help you monitor your weight, cholesterol level, blood pressure, and risks for many comorbidities. A major cause of death among men is heart disease, and the best way of keeping it in check is by getting regular physical activity.
- Regular exercise also helps you improve and maintain your overall health and achieve mental peace.
- Maintaining a healthy weight is also the key to better health. If your waist measures more than 40 inches, you are at risk of heart, kidney, lung and obesity-related comorbidities. The best way to lose weight is to cut your calories intake and get regular exercise.
- You should eat natural fruits and vegetables that contain rich nutrients and minerals and avoid highly processed foods, which are generally high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy food additives.
- Most men can meet their need for vitamins and minerals by eating a well-balanced diet, various foods, and mineral-rich edibles. In addition, these foods also provide heart-healthy fibre and natural antioxidant compounds, lowering your risk of certain diseases. Moreover, if you still lack certain vitamins and minerals, you can opt for health supplements after consulting your doctor.
- Another thing worth considering is getting your prostate checkup, as prostate cancer is the most common men’s cancer after skin cancer. If you have trouble urinating or have pain while urinating, it may be a sign of prostate disease, and you are encouraged to get it screened. Colon cancer is also a common cause of cancer-related death, and you can opt for a colonoscopy to ensure your colorectal wellbeing. You’ll also be scanned for colon polyps and colon cancerous growths in the process.
- Men should also consider breaking unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or recreational and occasional drug abuse. If you are using occasional drugs, you need to stop, as it is linked with many health conditions.
- It is to protect your skin; Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is one of the deadliest cancers and your risks increase if you are exposed to UV rays. You should spend time in the shade, use sunscreen, avoid tanning beds, and conduct a monthly skin checkup.
- Mind your mental health – talk to loved ones or your GP if you feel low or worried. Everyone has emotional responses to life stressors-it doesn’t switch off because you are a man. In fact, many men worry just as much if not more than women about appearance, financial stability and status, providing for families, job security, feelings of inadequacy, depressing thoughts and anxiety. Always seek help -the services are there and are a great support for all genders!
Whether you are male, female or prefer to not identify as any gender, whatever your choice, your health is vital for a good quality of life and longevity – talk about worries, eat well, exercise, and keep your checkup appointments – it’s only a few minutes out of your life, and it could save you years. If something seems wrong, physically or mentally – Call the GP and find out as early as possible so you can give yourself every chance to live a long and healthy life. Men’s health matters to us all!