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To celebrate Men’s Health Month, we’re putting together resources to help men live happier, healthier lives.
From increased preventive care to diet changes to exercising more, here are nine simple men’s health tips you can start implementing today to improve your overall health and wellness.
Can you walk at a brisk pace for 2 miles? If so, your level of fitness is sufficient to start lowering your chances of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease.
If not, you can get there by putting one foot in front of the other and going a bit further each day.
Every increase in endurance can translate to better health, including decreased risk of diabetes and possible protection from certain cancers. Plus, exercising regular can improve your mood and make you feel better.
If you are age 50 or older and have not been screened for colorectal cancer, we encourage you to do so.
Of the various cancer screenings available to men, this one is one of the best because it can prevent, not just diagnose, cancer.
A colonoscopy or similar procedure can find and remove precancerous colon polyps. If you have a sibling or parent who had a polyp removed before age 60, or had colon cancer at any age, it’s a good idea to start these checks sooner. This is an important preventative men’s health tip.
If you don’t know your blood pressure, get it checked—and do whatever you have to do to keep it in a healthy range.
High blood pressure, the proverbial “silent killer,” stalks systems throughout the body. Widespread damage can occur in the arteries, heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain.
The ideal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80. Exercising more will have an immediate beneficial effect, as will cutting back on alcohol if you have more than one or two drinks a day.
The average American man can easily take in 6 grams of sodium a day. That’s more than twice the recommended level.
Most of this comes from eating fast foods, processed meats, canned and other prepared foods, and restaurant food.
It’s just as important to add high potassium foods—including raisins, bananas, tomatoes, and spinach. Men who consume as much potassium as sodium have lower risks of heart disease.
To act on this men’s health tip, start by reducing processed and pre-packaged food. Plan to cook some fresh meals during the week that include a vegetable and save the leftovers for the next day.
You don’t have to be perfect with your diet to see improvements in your health. Adopting a few principles can make a huge impact. Many people take an all-or-nothing strategy and then quit when they can’t stick to it – which is why small changes can be more impactful and sustainable.
Try these men’s health tips for improving your diet:
Most American diets don’t contain enough of the nutrients we need for our bodies to fully function. Changing your diet is an impactful strategy, but it’s also a good idea to take a daily multivitamin to make sure you’re receiving those nutrients.
You can take it a step further and maximize your nutrient intake with supplement regimens, including injectable nutrition. With injectable nutrients, you don’t lose a portion of the supplement to the digestive tract, which maximizes the vitamins and nutrients that reach your bloodstream to be used by your body.
Men are more likely to ignore the warning signs of a health problem, so this is an important men’s health tip.
If you experience an unusual pain, ache, or other possible warning sign or symptom, don’t brush it off—as men are prone to do—as “probably nothing.”
Blood in the urine or stool could be harmless, but it isn’t “normal.” It needs to be evaluated by a medical professional.
Heart disease also remains the leading killer of men and all Americans. Don’t ignore the signs:
To follow up the previous men’s health tip about paying attention to warning signs – it’s important to regularly go in for check-ups and engage in preventative care. That way, you are more likely to head problems off rather than responding to them once they appear.
Catching problems before they become major health concerns can be a big step toward living a healthier life.
Have you had your hormone levels checked?
Just like your cholesterol or blood pressure, Testosterone can be measured in a numerical range, with certain ranges considered low, normal, and optimal.
Low Testosterone, also called hypogonadism, occurs in approximately 39% of men over 45, and it can also affect men of any age – but less than 10% of men on average speak to their doctor about the problem.
Men who suffer from hypogonadism are more likely to experience diabetes, heart disease, obesity, loss of muscle mass, erectile dysfunction, depression and anxiety, among other symptoms.
Dr. Justin Saya, Defy Medical’s medical director and leading physician, considers checking hormone levels to be equally as important as quitting smoking, fighting obesity, and mitigating cardiac risk factors.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy can help ease and reverse Low T symptoms and improve overall health and quality of life. It can also act as preventative care to help avoid chronic health concerns.
Learn more about Testosterone Replacement Therapy with Defy Medical.
Are you a Defy patient who wants to learn more about living healthier and taking care of yourself? Call our Patient Services team at 813-445-7342 or email [email protected] to talk through your options, which include nutritional supplements, injectable nutrients, hormone replacement therapy, and more.