This video shows how men can protect themselves from 6 common health issues.
When it comes to taking care of their health, men don’t always make it a priority. That may be one reason why they have a shorter life expectancy than women.
“Following a diet like the Mediterranean diet which is lower in things such as carbohydrates, red meat and sodium, but higher in good fats like fish, vegetables and nuts, has been shown to decrease risk of heart disease and stroke. In my experience, men are far less common than women to discuss depression or anxiety issues, which can have a negative impact on physical health as well. Sometimes we will see people with depression and anxiety present with physical symptoms that can be confused for more serious problems, like a heart attack. It is important to discuss with your doctor any symptoms you may be having.”
Watch this video to learn more about the most common health issues men face and what they can do to protect themselves so they stay healthier.
Some of the top threats to men’s health include:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancer (lung, prostate and skin)
- Accidental injury
- Depression and suicide
You can lower the risk of developing these conditions with healthy lifestyle habits such as:
- Eating healthy
- Exercising regularly
- Not smoking
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Managing stress
- Seeing a doctor regularly
Men are far less likely than women to go to the doctor, but preventative exams and screenings can go a long way in keeping you healthier, as can talking openly with your doctor about symptoms and concerns.
Don’t wait until it’s too late…
If you haven’t seen your doctor lately, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment.
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Date Last Reviewed: April 14, 2021
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
Medical Review: Perry Pitkow, MD