Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease are among the leading causes of death in American men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With June being Men’s Health Month and Sunday being Father’s Day, there’s no better time than now for men to start taking control of their health.
Being healthy isn’t only about caring for ourselves for our own well being, but it’s also about doing so for our loved ones. Below are few more tips to help you or the man in your life get back on track to leading a healthier lifestyle:
- Watch your diet: Avoid processed food, and focus on eating more fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Be sure to also stay away from foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.
- Get moving: Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your heart and overall body strong. Aim to do about 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days of the week. This can include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming or playing sports like tennis and basketball.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Once you have shed the pounds, keep it off by balancing the amount of calories from food with the calories you burn. If you find yourself gradually gaining weight again, try portion control, and increase your physical activity.
- Check your mental health: Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Pay attention to the signs of depression or bipolar disorder, especially if you have a family history of mental illness, suicide or substance abuse.
- Visit your doctor regularly: Choose a doctor with whom you feel comfortable sharing your health concerns and who can facilitate needed lifestyle changes to improve your health. Be sure to also keep up with your yearly checkups.
- Get screened: Many diseases can be prevented or treated more easily when detected early. Consider getting screened for obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, depression, diabetes and sexually transmitted infections.
- Stay healthy: Prevent disease with scheduled adult immunizations.
At Augusta University Family Medicine, we’re happy to help you to make lifestyle changes to improve your health. To schedule an appointment, call 706-721-4588, or visit augustahealth.org/familymedicine.