shutterstock_521728423.jpeg (shutterstock_521728423.webp)Did you know that about 70 percent of men’s health issues can be prevented through small lifestyle changes? Researchers believe that part of the reason for the longevity gap between men and women is that women are more likely to have a primary care provider, and follow up with them when health issues arise. By taking their physical and mental health seriously, men can greatly increase their chances of boosting their quality (and quantity) of their golden years. 

  1. See Your Doctor Whether or Not You Feel Sick

Studies show that men are less likely than women to see a healthcare provider if they feel unwell. More specifically, 40 percent of men reported that if they got sick, they would not make an appointment for a few days. Even if you feel healthy, it’s essential to at least have annual checkups with your primary care physician to make sure that you are in fact as healthy as you feel. Many chronic diseases can initially be asymptomatic, and can only be detected through a physical exam or blood test. 

  1. Quit Smoking, No Matter Your Age

Even if you’ve been smoking your entire life, it is truly never too late to quit. Those who quit smoking late in life still enjoy numerous health benefits, including a dramatically lowered rate of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and death. Moreover, people who quit smoking notice an improved sense of taste and smell and better blood circulation. 

For most smokers, it takes more than one attempt at kicking the habit before it sticks, so do not get discouraged if you have recently started smoking again. Follow these tips for quitting smoking for practical ideas on how to get back on track. 

  1. Work On Strength & Balance to Minimize the Risk of Falls

It helps to engage in bone-building activities that help your body bear its own weight, such as walking, light weightlifting, and jogging. The CDC recommends that adults up to age 64 get a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderately intense activity (e.g. brisk walking) and do muscle-building activity twice a week. For adults 64 and older the recommendations are the same, but with the added recommendation of balance exercises. 

If you or a loved one have had a recent fall, ask your primary care provider about exercises that are designed to improve balance and flexibility.

  1. Get Regular Health Screenings

Checking for early signs of health problems is critical because it can help people avoid serious illness, hospitalization and surgery. 

It is recommended that men get the following tests at least once per year:

  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Bone health
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol 
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate cancer (the most common cancer among men)
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm

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