Healthy habits for men to develop:
That means in any form. Not smoking or chewing tobacco is one
of most important self-care actions men can take. Smoking triples the
risk of dying of heart disease.If you need to quit tobacco, ask your health care provider to
help you. Check out this support group at Holland Hospital.
Exercising regularly can reduce your risk for heart disease and
diabetes and help you maintain a healthy weight. It doesn’t matter if
you walk, run, swim, ride a bike, or play soccer with your kids—getting
even 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week
improves your health.
Eat a healthy diet
The prescription here is for more fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, poultry, and fish, and less red meat and high-fat and
Stay at a healthy weight
Balance calories from foods and beverages with calories you
burn off through your activities. To attain a healthy weight, make
lower-fat food choices, eat smaller portions, and increase your physical
Get routine exams and screenings
Based on your age, health history, lifestyle, and risk factors,
your health care provider can determine how often you should be
examined and screened for high blood pressure, diabetes, sexually
transmitted diseases, and cancers of the skin, prostate, and colon. When
problems are found early, your chances for treatment and cure increase.
Don't ignore depression
Undiagnosed and untreated depression is a major risk factor for
men and a primary cause of suicide. If you feel persistently down,
angry, worthless, fatigued, or have any suicidal thoughts, see your
health care provider or a mental health professional.
It’s easy for men to believe the rules don’t apply to them when
it comes to safety. But the third-leading cause of death among men is
accidents. To live a longer, disability-free life, buckle up and don’t
drink and drive.