Men generally have a more dismissive attitude towards their health than what women do, and as a result they are often prone to get sick easier.
Not looking after your health can lead to lifestyle-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – illnesses that can creep up from seemingly nowhere.
Lack of exercise, a bad diet and too much stress are often the culprits. As you progress through life, different health needs arise and it is important to treat different issues at different times in your life. It is also important to know what to look out for as you get older.
During your 20’s: most men are very active during their twenties and have little or no time to be planning trips to the doctor for any reason. You should however be doing this as looking after your health in your twenties often sets the tone for the rest of your life, your health is like an investment at this point. A balanced diet is ideal but as importantly, a good work out regime is key as this is the time it is easiest to work off any excess weight. You’ll be wishing for your twenty year old metabolism when you’re in your forties. Men at this age should also check for STD’s regularly and take care not to participate in unsafe sex.
During your 30’s: This is the time in life when many men are busy making a mark in the world, and with this in mind it is important to work out a good balance. Good diet and staying active is very important. You may notice that you don’t have the same amount of energy as before and so it is important to continue regular exercise in your daily routine. Stress can also be a huge factor so make sure to manage your work-life balance. If you’re a smoker or a drinker, try your best to curb these as best as you can as you are nearing the cancer risk age and these substancesare risk factors for developing certain types of cancers as well as cardiovascular disease. While there may be very little time or no time for a trip to the doctor, make time to go at least annually and screen yourself for cholesterol and blood pressure.
During your 40’s: you should take care to manage your stress it has been shown that stress contributes to heart disease. Make sure to visit your doctor for scheduled check-ups and ask him or her to screen you for cancers based on your risk profile which will be assessed by him or her. Prostate Cancer screening is something to consider in your 40’s if you have a higher risk than the general population (family history or genetic predisposition) – this includes a rectal exam and a blood test. Also remember to share your family history with your doctor as this will guide them. Maintain a good physical regime.
During your 50’s: it would be advised to continue maintaining a healthy diet. Chat to your doctor about colon cancer as being male, of older age, drinking and smoking are risk factors. . Try your best to get some exercise in, whether it be going to gym a few times a week or playing tennis with some colleagues after work. Your body needs an outlet and needs to stay healthy.
During your 60’s and beyond: This is the time for you to slow down a bit and appreciate everything that you’ve worked so hard on. Make sure to exercise your brain by doing brain games and maybe add in some Soduku too. Stay busy, join some clubs and stay social, you need to ensure that your mental health is being looked after as well. Walking and playing with the grandkids are a good way to keep active.
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