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Simple 5 Tips to Boost Men's Health

by Adeline Dorcas on June 19, 2019 at 3:31 PM
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Simple 5 Tips to Boost Men's Health

Men are always busy with their work life, and they don't get enough time to take care of their health. Here are five easy health tips that can boost men's health.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, men are far more likely to skip routine health screens than women.

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"It's common for men to avoid going to the doctor until there's a serious health concern," says primary care physician James Heckman, MD, Assistant Medical Director of Healthcare Associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). "Staying healthy may just be a matter of changing habits."

Follow five easy tips for a healthier you:

1. See your doctor

It happens to everyone. Some health challenges come on with age. Family history plays a big part in what a physician will focus on, but there are key issues and screenings that are age-related. "Seeing your doctor regularly means that you have a baseline for important screenings," says Heckman. "This includes everything from cholesterol to cancer screenings and osteoporosis."
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2. Eat a healthy diet

You've heard this before. A diet that's low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables can help lower the risk of certain cancers, such as prostate cancer. "For good prostate health, eat your fruits and veggies," says Aria Olumi, MD, Chief of Urologic Surgery at BIDMC.

3. Quit smoking

Smoking and bladder cancer? Yes. We know that smoking is harmful to your heart and lungsóbut it's also linked to about half of all bladder cancer cases. "Bladder cancer risk factors like age, gender, race and family history can't be controlled," Olumi says. "But quitting smoking can definitely lower your risk."

4. Get enough sleep

A good night's rest can do wonders. Overstimulation of the brain, stress, and a lack of sleep can cause overall fatigue and libido issues. "Lower testosterone levels may contribute to these issues, but more often than not, it's because the patient isn't getting enough sleep," Olumi says. "At least seven hours of sleep a night will help your mind and body reset."

5. Take care of your mental health

Did you know mental and physical health are connected? Mental illness affects both men and women, but men may be less likely to talk about their feelings and seek help. "Mental health symptoms often appear to be physical issuesólike a racing heart, tightening chest, ongoing headaches or digestive issues," Heckman says. "Talking to a professional or a loved one about stress or other challenges can be very helpful."

Source: Newswise
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