Bearing in mind that significant health issues start as minor problems that could have been prevented or better managed if detected and taken adequate care of early, rather than being nonchalant about it, it is important to make your health a priority and be mindful of your food choices.
Below are 7 crucial tips and habits for men to ensure a healthy living.
1. Have regular checkups even if you feel okay.
Regardless of age or health condition, a 2-3-year routine medical checkup is recommended for people in their 20s, every other year for people in their 30s and 40s, and annually for people from age 50 and above.
2. See your doctor when something doesn’t seem right.
Get one-on-one with a doctor as soon as you notice changes in your sleep or bathroom habits, an injury, cut or sore that doesn’t seem to heal, changes in your moles or birthmarks, even unexplainable weight fluctuations or sexual dysfunction.
3. Be aware of your family history and share it with your doctor.
If your dad or other family members have a history of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes or any other chronic health conditions, you may be at higher risk of such conditions too. It is then the duty of your doctor to help you device a plan to reduce the risks, better still, and aid your chances of detecting in good time.
It’s no news again that it is expected of an individual to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. But for anyone having difficulty keeping to this, a 20-minute brisk walk a couple of times a week comes highly recommended too. These are capable of reliving stress and keeping the heart healthy.
5. Take a break.
Games, watching TV, listening to audio books are not just fun activities, they help manage stress too.
6. Ask your doctor about cancer screenings.
Having verified your age, lifestyle, family history, among others, your doctor may recommend that you undergo screening for colon cancer, prostate cancer, or lung cancer.
7. Stop smoking.
Smoking can cause erectile dysfunction, infertility damage blood circulation which in turn may lead to heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Remember, if you have good health, you have everything.