In our last blog, we went over the top health threats facing men today. While there are many concerns that men should be aware of, fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent these threats in the future. In this blog, we will go over some lifestyle choices you can make to help lower the risk of these conditions from becoming a problem for you.
If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Your men’s health physician at Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson can help you determine the best strategy for quitting smoking. Additionally, avoid secondhand smoke and air pollution.
A healthy diet can keep you from developing major health problems later. Opt for whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean protein sources, such as fish, tofu, and skinless chicken. Avoid foods that are high in sodium, saturated fat, and simple carbohydrates.
If you are overweight, you are at higher risk for many health conditions. Losing excessive weight and maintaining a healthy weight are both important for lowering your risk of heart disease and cancer. Talk to your doctor at Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson about our weight loss management services.
Ideally, you should participate in physical activity on a daily basis. Not only does exercise help you with weight control, it lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain kinds of cancer. Incorporate exercise into your routine by participating in activities that you love. Try out different types of exercise to determine which one is right for you. Some ideas include basketball, tennis, cycling, running, lifting weights, and yoga.
Limit alcohol consumption
If you decide to drink alcohol, do not binge drink. Men should limit their alcohol intake to a maximum of two drinks a day; limit that to once a day when you are more than 65. The more you drink, the more likely you are to develop certain types of cancer. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption can raise your blood pressure.
Stress can have an extremely detrimental effect on your health. Too much stress can have a negative impact on your immune system, causing you to get ill more often. Additionally, stress makes you more likely to make poor lifestyle choices to cope. Learn healthy ways to come with the stress in your life, and reduce stress as much as possible.
Visit your doctor
It is particularly common for men to avoid going to the doctor. We understand that it can be uncomfortable or embarrassing to discuss certain health problems, but your men’s health physician at Men’s Vitality Center understands. We can work with you to help prevent health problems you are at particular risk for, and can screen you and perform other tests and evaluations to help with early intervention. Contact Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson today.