Taking charge of your health is important no matter your age, gender, demographic or medical history – It is never too late to develop healthy habits. Like women, men also require regular checkups with their GP to manage health concerns and take steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Regardless of your health status, if you’re ready to focus on a healthier you, follow our 5 steps to live a healthier lifestyle.
1. Have regular checkups – even if you feel okay!
One way men can promote their own good health is to have an annual wellness check, regardless of age or health concerns. Other then a general screening, more specific tests for glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure will keep your health in good condition.
2. Know your family history – and share it with your doctor
If your parents or close family have a history of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes or other chronic diseases, you may be at an increased risk of developing these yourself. Your doctor can assist in making a plan to minimise the risk and increase your chance of early detection.
3. Get some exercise.
It is encouraged to achieve at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. For some, this can be quite difficult to achieve. However a 20 minute walk a few times a week with family and pets, or regular outside play with children or grandchildren, can provide heart healthy and stress relieving benefits.
4. Schedule an appointment with your doctor when things seem off.
It’s important to see a doctor if you notice changes in your sleep or bathroom habits, have a cut or sore that isn’t healing, notice changes in your moles or birthmarks, or if you’re experiencing unexplained weight fluctuations or sexual dysfunction.
Many significant health issues begin as minor problems that could have been prevented or better managed under early detection. Rather than taking a typical male approach of ‘toughing it out’, invest in good health by discussing health concerns with your doctor.
5. Ask your doctor about cancer screenings.
Based on your age, family history and lifestyle choices, you may be at an increased risk of developing cancer. It is recommended that you undergo screening for colon, prostate and lung cancer.