This month we celebrate Father’s Day. This is a good time to re-evaluate the choices you make that affect your health. Whether you are a father or a son, you can make some changes that can have a positive impact on your well-being. Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Compared to women, men are more likely to put off regular checkups and seek a doctor’s care. As you age, your body changes, but treating your body right can help minimize the effects of these changes.
Nutrition needs change as you age, and your ability to burn calories slows down, so the amount of food you need to eat will likely decrease. Your appetite may even decrease. The amount of vitamins and minerals you need may be different than those you required when you were younger. Also, you may have trouble absorbing certain nutrients like iron, calcium and vitamin B12.
There are certain risk factors that increase your likelihood of having health issues:
Being overweight or obese
Eating fatty foods
Elevated cholesterol level
High blood pressure
These risk factors are all related to food intake and lifestyle in one way or another.
Below are some common health issues faced by men; ways to reduce the risk factors include:
Heart disease and stroke
Some tips to lower chances of developing heart disease include:
Some tips to minimize the risk of prostate cancer are:
Some things that may help prevent osteoporosis:
To reduce your chances of diabetes:
In celebration of Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month, set some new goals for yourself! Any of these small changes can make a big difference:
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