November is Men’s Health Awareness Month. While the life expectancy of a man has increased in modern times, the average life expectancy for men in the United States is almost five years less than women. Research shows men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year. It’s time to man up and make men’s health a priority.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lung cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death for men. These conditions can see a reduced risk if men can adopt healthy eating habits and apply small lifestyle changes.
- Eat a healthy diet. This includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, which have vitamins and minerals that help protect from chronic diseases. Limit foods high in calories, sugar, salt or fat.
- Live an active lifestyle. Regular physical activity has many benefits including helping to control weight and reduce the risk for disease. It is also link with better mental health and mood.
- Quit smoking.
- Reduce stress. Over time, stress can take a toll on emotional and physical health. Find ways to relax and de-stress, such as exercise, meditation or massage.
- Get a good night’s rest. Sleep is important for feeling and functioning.
- See your doctor for regular check-ups and recommended screenings. Follow your doctor’s guidance on regular screenings for colon cancer, prostate cancer or lung cancer.
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