Ways for Men to Stay Healthy

In May, I covered easy and effective ways for women to improve their health. Earlier in June, we celebrated Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week, making now the perfect time to dig a little deeper into ways that men can stay healthy. Men often avoid the doctor and ignore symptoms of possible health complications. Instead, I encourage you to adopt a different approach and take an active role in your wellbeing.

Five Tips for Improving Men’s Health

Take care of your health with these five tips below — or share them with the men in your life!

  • Exercise every day: If you can walk at a brisk pace for at least two miles, your fitness level is sufficient to decrease your risk of a heart attack or developing heart disease. If you can’t, it’s time to get moving! Even a small improvement in your endurance and physical fitness equates to better overall wellness.
  • Monitor your blood pressure: There’s a reason high blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer.” When your blood pressure is elevated, it causes widespread damage across your body, hurting your arteries, heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain. In addition to medication, an increase in exercise and decrease in alcohol consumption can help your numbers stay within an acceptable range. 
  • Don’t skip your annual exam: Regular check-ups with your primary care physician (PCP) play an important role in keeping you healthy. When it comes to disease screenings, your doctor can offer you guidance based on your family history, personal health history, and gender as well as the general age recommendation. For instance, if you are 45 or older, you should be checked for colorectal cancer with a colonoscopy. However, if you have a first-degree relative with colorectal cancer, you should start these screenings sooner. This screening is particularly helpful because it can prevent, not just diagnose, cancer. Additionally, it’s important to get both your skin and prostate checked, as these are the two most common cancer diagnoses among American men

For Men: Adopt Healthy Eating Habits

  • Practice mindful eating: You may be guilty of yo-yo-dieting or “weight cycling” without even realizing it: You try a new diet, lose a bit of weight, return to your old eating habits, and gain the weight back again. This practice isn’t good for your mental or physical health. Research suggests that it’s linked to symptoms of depression. It may also increase your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Instead, eat mindfully. Take time to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time, focusing on proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. Rather than deprive yourself of your favorite indulgences, enjoy them in moderation.
  • Take your vitamins: With a well-balanced, healthy diet, you can get the vitamins and minerals you need (see tip number four for more details!). However, if you feel like your diet is lacking in one way or another, consider incorporating a multivitamin into your daily routine. You can also ask your PCP about taking supplements like fish oil and vitamin D3. 

Reach out to Dr. Asha Tota-Maharaj, MD at Platinum Primary Care — referred to as “Winter Park’s best kept secret!” — with all your healthcare needs. Come visit us at our new location: 2071 Dundee Drive in Winter Park!