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Men's Health

Improving healthcare resources have slowly and steadily decreased the gap in the life expectancy of men and women; however men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. A relatively unhealthy lifestyle is coupled with a bevy of bad habits like the fact that they tend to smoke and drink more than women. Given their stoic tendencies men don't seek medical help as often as women. Some men define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.

There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face - like colon cancer or heart disease - can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It's important to have regular checkups and screenings.The right answer to this high risk lifestyle is to make healthy choices every day.

Be physically active.

Walking briskly, gardening, playing team sports, and biking are just a few examples of how you can get moving. If you are not already physically active, start small and work up to 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity for most days of the week.

Eat a healthy diet.

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products are healthy choices. Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts are good, too. Try to eat foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.

Stay at a healthy weight.

Try to balance the calories you take in with the calories you burn with your physical activities. As you age, eat fewer calories and increase your physical activity. This will prevent gradual weight gain over time.

Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all.

Current dietary guidelines from major health agencies recommend that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, you do not exceed 2 drinks per day for men (1 drink per day for women). Some people should not drink alcoholic beverages at all. Your physician being the best guide to instruct you regarding this choice.

DO NOT SMOKE

Take aspirin to avoid a heart attack.

If you are at risk for a heart attack (you’re over 45, smoke, or have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a family history of heart disease), check with your doctor and find out if taking aspirin is the a healthy choice.

Top Mens Health Topics

Baldness

Heart Attack

Prostate Enlargement

Smoking

Alcohol

Impotence

Piles

Anxiety

Cancer-Testis

Urinary Tract Infections

Hernia

Diabetes Mellitus

Heartburn

HIV/AIDS

Semen Analysis

Cholesterol

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