First of all, accept our hearty wishes on this International Men’s Day! But you appear a bit shocked? Oh, we got you! Who wishes that! Oh not that? Then, are we correct in guessing that you may not even be knowing about such a day as the media and advertisements do not speak much about it? Whatsoever the reason may be, we just stopped by to drop a note that we are really grateful to you for all your little acts of kindness- taking care of the families with utmost responsibility, working hard day and night so that your loved ones can enjoy a decent lifestyle, walking that extra mile to let your partner feel that extra effort.
This men’s day, show some love to your health. Book that pending health check up now.
But, we have a complaint too! Amid all the earnings and learnings, don’t you always ignore your health and healing?
Here are simple yet super important health tips for men:
1. Maintain a healthy waist:
Men are at an increased risk of getting belly fat. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, having a waist that measures more than 40 inches around, could be raising your risk of obesity-related medical conditions. Many studies have demonstrated that men with large waists are more likely to get type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even stroke.
The best way to lose those extra kilos is to pay little attention to your diet and physical activity levels. You can consult a dietitian and develop a weight-loss plan that’s safe and effective for you and fits in your day-to-day routine.
2. Get your prostate checked
Prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that helps regulate certain functions including the production of the seminal fluid in men. However, it is the second leading site of cancer among men in large Indian cities. Guidelines encourage men 50 to the age of 70 to get a blood test to check for prostate cancer on a yearly basis. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, the testing should begin early at the age of 40. Symptoms of prostate problems can include trouble urinating, pain when you urinate, or blood in your urine.
Rule out the risk and book a PSA (Prostate specific antigen) test within the comfort of your home.)
3. Get your vitamins, minerals and fibers
You can get the vitamins and minerals needed by your body through a balanced diet. However, most men lack a diet containing a wide variety of vitamin- and mineral-rich foods, such as fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. These food groups provide heart-healthy fiber and antioxidants that can help decrease your risk of certain diseases.
4. Make a mind to quit smoking and abide by that
Around90% of lung cancer diagnoses are in people who smoke. It also puts you at the risk of many other cancers and chronic diseases. The good news is that the negative effects are reversible to much extent when stopped in time. As soon as you stop smoking, your risk of developing chronic diseases starts decreasing.
Cigarette smoking is usually associated with lower vitamin D levels. Get your vitamin D levels checked here.
5. Keep an eye on blood pressure
As per experts,high blood pressure is the number one cause of stroke in men. It can turn serious if left unmanaged. You can check your blood pressure with no appointment needed at home with a simple medical device, called digital BP monitor. Along with blood pressure, pay some attention to your blood cholesterol levels as well. According to many guidelines, men 20 and over should have their cholesterol checked every three to five years, and then yearly after the age of 50.
Book a cholesterol test here
6. Do not skip your doctor visit
Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor and neglecting health symptoms. Don’t let complacency take a toll on your wellness. If you have to visit your doctor, make time for it.
7. Unplug and take a break
Some levels of stress can push you and sharpen your ability to perform better. But too much stress over time can lead to various physical and mental health problems. Many men are known to develop heart disease, diabetes, digestive problems, sleeplessness, and depression due to chronic, unattended stress.
Please revisit your basics. Destress by meeting up with friends, taking a break from the phone and computer screens, and opening up about your problems with family or close friends.
8. Break a sweat
You don’t need to hit the gym everyday but some levels of exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc. It can also keep your weight down and improve sleep issues. Try to get at least half an hour of moderate-intensity activity every day. This can include things like brisk walking and cycling.
9. Limit Alcohol
We know your love for the Happy hours. But too much alcohol can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, dehydration, injuries, psychological problems, damaged relationships, and even certain cancers. Try to limit your alcohol consumption.
This men’s day, we urge you to open up about your problems and pains, and stop ignoring your health issues. Man up doesn’t mean “hiding”, it should come from a place of confidence and compassion.