As part of National Men’s Health Week, the California Department of Public Health has highlighted the top health tips to keep men healthy. “Men have an average life expectancy of almost six years less than women,” said CDPH Director Dr. Mark Horton. “By emphasizing the importance of education, physical fitness and disease prevention, we can help men live longer, healthier lives.”
A healthy diet, among other factors, plays a key role in maintaining good health. Below, you can find the top 10 health tips on how to keep your man healthy.
How to Keep Your Man Healthy:
1. Don’t let him smoke or chew tobacco and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men, mostly due to cigarette smoking.
2. Ensures he eats a healthy diet that’s rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fiber and fish. Have him cut back on foods high in saturated fat and sodium. A healthy diet can help prevent prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, both of which are leading causes of death among men.
3. Have him check his cholesterol and blood pressure. If they are too high, have him follow his doctor’s advice. Heart disease is a leading men’s health threat.
4. Be sure he includes physical activity in his daily routine – this helps to manage and reduce stress, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
5. Be sure he maintains a healthy weight – losing excess pounds can help prevent Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
7. Have him maintain mental fitness. He can practice mental exercises, like puzzles and reading, and take steps to learn new things. These activities have been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Have him drive safely, follow the speed limit and wear his seat belt – the leading cause of fatal accidents among men is motor vehicle crashes.
9. Have him limit his sun exposure. When he’s working or playing outdoors, he needs to use sunscreen and wear a hat and possibly long sleeves. The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma, the leading cause of death from skin cancer, are white men over age 50, and 5 percent of all cancers in men are melanomas.
10. Have him regularly visit his doctor. Men seek medical care at a rate far lower than women. Having regular medical screenings is an important step to maintaining good health. While his health is greatly in his own hands, there are some things he’ll need to call the experts in for.