Movember is upon us.
Tis the season to grow out your ‘staches and goatees to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. It’s also a good time to be proactive about your health and remind the men in your life to do the same.
Research shows, men who go to the doctor less than women are more likely to have serious conditions when they do finally see a doctor. For this reason, it’s critical for men to develop relationships with their doctors and take control of their health, proactively. Preventative health visits should be scheduled every two years until age 50 and then once a year. Men over age 34 should be checked for high cholesterol and heart disease every five years.
Men’s Health Tips
Regular exercise, a healthy diet, maximizing sleep and minimizing stress are the keys to health at any age. Some health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone, and many of the major health risks like heart disease, can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Here are some ways to stay healthy, specifically for men.
Keep your heart healthy
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men. African-American men are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease and 60 percent more likely to die from stroke according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To minimize your risk for heart disease, control your blood pressure and cholesterol, do not smoke, exercise, eat more fruits and vegetables and less saturated and trans fats and keep your waist line less than 40 inches.
Protect your prostate
Prostate cancer is second the most common cancer in men, and the rates of prostate cancer and related deaths in African-American men are among the highest in the world. To protect your prostate, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and see your doctor regularly for preventative care.
Keep your hormone levels steady
Testosterone levels decline as men age which can result in a loss of stamina and strength as well as low libido and sleep changes. Minimize testosterone levels declining as you age with aerobic exercise and weight and resistance training to maintain muscle mass.
Get enough protein
Protein helps build muscles, which is especially important as you age and start to lose muscle mass. Men should get about 56 grams of protein daily and distribute their protein intake throughout the day to feel full longer. To get your recommended daily dose of protein eat whole foods, fish, lean means, seafood, chicken and eggs and plant-based proteins like quinoa, hummus and beans.
Men’s health services at North
North Memorial Health provides comprehensive health care for everyone with a full range from primary care to specialty care such as urology, cardiology, sports medicine and more. If you have a men’s health concern or would like to schedule a routine check-up, call (763) 581- CARE or visit www.northmemorial.com.