Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle for Men

PROSTATE CANCER

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Although it usually grows slowly, this disease can still be deadly. Eating more fruits and vegetables may play a role in preventing many forms of cancer. Fruits and vegetables not only provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber but also contribute to low-fat, low-calorie meals. Eating excessive calories and fat, especially fatty meals and other foods derived from animal sources, may actually increase the risk of prostate cancer. A possible mechanism behind this is that, fat increases testosterone production, which in turn stimulates the growth of prostate cancer cells.

 

 

 

CHOLESTEROL CHECKS

 

Have your cholesterol checked at least every 5 years, starting at age 35. If you smoke, have diabetes, or if heart disease runs in your family, cholesterol checks should start at around age 20.

 

 

 

 

COLORECTAL CANCER TESTS

Starting at age 50, begin regular screenings. Your doctor can help decide which test is right for you and how often you will need to be tested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE

More than 60% of men do not get enough physical activity to provide health benefits. Walk, dance, ride a bike, work in the garden, or do any other physical activity that you enjoy. It doesn’t require a lot of time or money, but it does require a commitment. Start with small, attainable steps and work your way up to a total of 20-30 minutes on most days of the week. You can develop one routine or do something different each day.

 

 

 

MANAGE STRESS AND DEPRESSION

If you have felt “down”, sad or hopeless and have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things for 2 weeks straight, talk with your doctor about whether he or she can screen you for depression.

Job stress poses a threat to the health of workers and, in turn, to the health of organisations. Balancing obligations of everyday life to your family and employer can be difficult. Protect your mental and physical health by engaging in activities that help you manage your stress at work and home.

 

 

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