April 14, 2021
Healthy Living: The Importance of Diet and Exercise
- Family Medicine
- Wellness Institute
June 6, 2016 • Administration
Take care of your health by incorporating these vital health tips into your daily life:
Preventative care is the best way to catch problems early. When conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic problems go untreated, there’s a risk of long-term damage and poor health. Despite this, one in three men say that they skip out on preventative care, going to the doctor only when an acute health problem forces them into the office.
Inadequate sleep has been linked to everything from weight gain to heart disease to Alzheimer’s. Along with diet and exercise, proper sleep is one of the pillars of good health. You need to get at least 7 hours a night, every night.
Men are often under pressure to take a stoic stance and show no weakness. However, untreated issues that include anxiety and depression can significantly impact your relationships, your work and your physical health.
Regular exercise helps you keep your weight down, gives you more energy, and can keep issues like heart disease, arthritis, and others at bay. Experts say you should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day at least five days a week.
One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Modern screening can detect cancer before symptoms surface. Talk to your doctor about testing to find out what is a good schedule for you to protect your health.
To stay healthy, you need to eat a varied diet that includes leafy greens, complex carbohydrates, and lean sources of protein. If you find that you pile your plate with meat and potatoes more often than not, talk to your doctor about nutritional counseling to learn how to incorporate a healthier variety into your life.
Men typically hold out longer than women do when they notice something wrong. If you are feeling unwell or suspect a health problem, make an appointment right away. Many health conditions are more treatable when they are caught early.
The occasional drink is a pleasurable indulgence that can have positive effects on heart health. More than two alcoholic beverages per day is considered excessive for men and can cause health complications.
Unlike drinking, no amount of cigarette or cigar smoking is considered healthy. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about smoking cessation options.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men. About 7.9% of African American men, 8.5% of Caucasian men, and 6.3% of Mexican-American men suffer from some form of coronary heart disease. And, half of all men who die from sudden cardiac events have no symptoms before the fatal event. Your doctor can discuss risk factors and how to manage them for better health and a longer life.
There is no one easy tip or trick that can guarantee good health. By keeping up conversations with your medical professionals, educating yourself, and taking steps each day to stay healthy, you can live longer, have more energy, and have the highest level of health that you can. Contact us today to learn more.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.