Did you know that the majority of illnesses that cause death in men are lifestyle related?
Men have a shorter expected life span than women, because they don’t make an effort to see their doctors as often as women do. At HHC we are encouraging all men to make their health a priority. Here are some lifestyles changes men can make to live a healthier life:
- Stop avoiding the doctor. Don’t wait to visit the doctor until something is seriously wrong. Your doctor can be your best ally for preventing health problems. (Find a Doctor)
- If you smoke, quit. Ask your doctor to help you quit if you find that you can’t do this on your own. Also, avoid secondhand smoke, air pollution and chemicals, such as those in the workplace.
- Eat a healthy diet. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit trans-fat, sugar and sodium.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Losing excess pounds — and keeping them off — can lower your risk of heart disease as well as various types of cancer.
- Get up and exercise. This will help control your weight, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke and possibly lower the risk of certain types of cancer. Choose activities you enjoy, because all physical activity benefits your health.
- Manage stress. If you feel constantly on edge or under pressure, your lifestyle habits may suffer — and so will your immune system. Take steps to reduce stress — like mindfulness, yoga or gardening – or learn to deal with stress in healthy ways.
- Limit your alcohol. It’s recommended that men have no more than two alcoholic drinks a day. The risk of various types of cancer, such as liver cancer, increase with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly. Too much alcohol can also raise your blood pressure. Learn more about Alcohol
Your health not only affects you, but your friends and family, too! Make an appointment at our Albany Park, Devon, Lincoln Square, Touhy, or Wilson health centers for a complete check-up, and take charge of your health!
Thank you to HHC Nurse, James Ehlen & Substance Abuse Program Manager, Robert Rebecca for providing us with these men health tips!