Let`s Keep the Men We Love Around Longer
By Kinga Aitken-Baboczi, MD MPH
Every June, we celebrate our fathers and the important men in our lives. The best way of celebrating is by learning not to take good health for granted. We can help the men in our lives stay healthy and happy. By respecting a few simple steps, men can lead longer, healthier lives.
Limit Stress: The first step is to limit stress levels by staying active. Going to the gym regularly, for walks or pursuing other moderate intensity physical activities at least for 30 minutes every day can prevent many chronic diseases.
Sleep Enough and Well: Adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation has been associated with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and depression as well as with motor vehicle accidents. Having a regular sleep schedule can help prevent these conditions from happening.
Eat Healthy: We can contribute to our men`s healthy eating patterns by cooking nutritious foods from scratch. Cooking can be a fun, family activity rather than someone`s chore. Every meal should include a variety of fruits or vegetables. Besides being great natural sources of vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables can help prevent chronic diseases. The consumption of high calorie foods, foods with high salt, fat or sugar content need to be limited. Alcoholic beverages need to be consumed responsibly. Drinking and driving needs to be completely avoided.
Quit Smoking: Quitting tobacco smoking is not only beneficial for the smoker but for his entire family as well. Second hand smoking is just as bad as first hand smoking. Inhaling second hand smoke causes similar health issues to those that smokers have. Quitting smoking improves overall health and reduces the risks of lung cancer and other lung diseases. Besides lung diseases many other conditions were associated with tobacco smoking such as acute myeloid leukemia, abdominal aortic aneurysm, cataracts, periodontitis, cervical cancer, kidney, pancreatic and stomach cancer.
Regular Check-ups: Aging is associated with chronic diseases which is why prevention is extremely important. It is always easier to prevent than to treat. Certain conditions don`t have immediate symptoms, but through regular check-ups doctors can diagnose these conditions before they become apparent. Screenings and vaccinations are easy to follow prevention methods. The recommendations are made in accordance with age, overall health, medical history and personal risk factors. Knowing and respecting these recommendations can turn into a really effective prevention strategy.
These lifestyle changes are not hard to follow and they can bring huge benefits to the men we love, therefore for the entire family. Let`s show men how important they are by helping them be around longer!