Let’s Talk About Men’s Health

November 01, 2019

Hey guys, listen up!

According to the American Journal of Public Health, almost every chronic illness affects men more often than women. In fact, every country with reliable health statistics reports that women live longer than men.

So, what gives?

This health gap between men and women is due to a variety of factors including hormones and metabolism, work stress and unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking and heavy drinking. Some of the most common health issues that affect men include:

  • Heart disease
  • Prostate cancer and other types of cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Suicide

Despite these facts and statistics, there are so many things you can start doing right now to lead a healthy life and live longer.

Here are six things men can do to stay healthy:

  1. Exercise, exercise, exercise

Many of the major health risks that men face can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle that includes moderate exercise of at least 30 minutes per day, plus strength and flexibility exercise. Luckily, there are so many different types of exercises out there, you’re spoiled for choice! Your local gym is a great place to start or try out something new like kickboxing, taekwondo, CrossFit, yoga or rowing.

  1. Lower your stress

Let’s be real: life can be stressful. But constant stress can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health in serious ways. That’s why it’s important to destress in the best possible way for you. Whether it’s going for a run, fishing with a buddy, keeping a journal or practicing mindfulness, do what makes you happy! Find the little things that bring joy to your life and let the stress of your day melt away.

  1. Go easy on the beers

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. In the U.S., a standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. To put that in perspective, one drink would be equal to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor. Excessive drinking can lead to health issues, not to mention you increase the risk of getting in a car crash and harming yourself or others.

  1. Stay connected

Men with active social lives and strong relationships are less likely to suffer from depression and a slew of other health issues. Whether it’s getting together to watch a football game, hitting the gym together or playing video games, spending time with friends and family is so important for your health. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, reach out to a family member or friend and talk about what you’re going through. Being there for one another will make you happier, more confident, and ready for any challenges you may face in the future.

  1. Skip diet fads

Keto, low carb, paleo, gluten-free...the diet plans never seem to stop! And while you may be tempted by the newest craze promising a slew of health benefits, there really isn’t any science to back up the claims. What is proven, however, is a healthy diet consisting of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, beans, nuts, and seeds. Lower your consumption of whole milk and other full-fat dairy foods, red meat, processed meats, high-salt foods, highly refined and processed grains and sugars, and sugary drinks.

  1. Go for regular checkups

We know going to the doctor may not be your favorite thing to do, and if you’re healthy, why go? But even the healthiest of guys should have regular checkups, screening tests, and immunizations. Seeing the doctor regularly can up your chances of spotting any irregularities or spotting a disease early when it is easiest to treat. Procrastination is not your friend!

Have other ways of staying healthy? Comment below and let us know!

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