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5 Preventive Measures Every Man Should Know About to Stay Healthy

Compared to women, men tend to die at a younger age. On average, men develop cardiovascular issues and many types of cancer earlier in life than women, and these conditions are likelier to be fatal in men than women.

While this may sound unsettling, many of the factors that contribute to male mortality are preventable, or at least controllable. Common contributors to early death in men include working dangerous occupations, engaging in risky or unhealthy behaviors, and avoiding necessary medical care. While every man is different, there’s a good chance that you can improve your health and improve your health with just a few small but meaningful lifestyle changes.

One key to health is access to the right medical care, tailored to your specific needs. Dr. Mark J. Kelly has decades of experience as a urologist. He’s knowledgeable in the wide range of health issues that affect men. He’s happy to help you take the best possible care of yourself.

Here are 5 things you can do to health stay healthy:

1. Eat a healthy diet

Eating a balanced, nutritious diet can make a world of difference. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce or eliminate the risk of obesity-related health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and osteoarthritis. Eating a healthy diet based on fruits, vegetables, grains, unsaturated fats and lean meats can dramatically reduce your risk of serious health complications and help you feel better day-to-day

2. Stay physically active

A healthy diet works best when you pair it with regular physical activity is vital to health in tandem with a healthy diet. Physical inactivity causes many of the same problems as an unhealthy diet, and can similarly contribute to obesity. A sedentary lifestyle raises your risk of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. You don’t need to take on an intense workout program to enjoy the benefits of exercise. 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week can do wonders, along with swimming and walking. 

3. Take time to relax

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Men are less likely to recognize their stress and take steps to improve it. Stress is a normal part of everyday life, but chronic stress can lead to insomnia, anxiety, headaches and depression.

Stress can affect your entire body. It raises your blood pressure, which can lead to cardiovascular issues, and can affect your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to illness. In fact, stress even a common cause of cause of erectile dysfunction.

To help relieve stress, it's important to minimize caffeine and alcohol, set aside time for relaxation and seek support when you need it. Remember that there’s nothing wrong with needing help.

4. Get a proper amount of sleep

Sleep is vital to allow the body time to heal and repair, and it gives your mind a chance to prepare for the next day. You may go without sleep if you’re busy or not have a routine that helps you get the rest you need. Sleep deprivation, including from overwork or stress, can contribute to a variety of short- and long-term problems from mood swings and depression to kidney disease, heart disease and stroke. Getting a regular 7–8 hours of sleep will do more than help you feel well-rested (which is important, too).

5. Make routine visits to your doctor

Men are more likely to avoid health care, including routine preventive care like screenings. Waiting until you notice something wrong to seek care, or avoiding it altogether, can be a grave mistake.

Routine doctor’s visits can help detect health conditions in their early stages while they’re still easy to treat, before you may notice any symptoms. Dr. Kelly can also help spot your health risk factors and give you guidance to prevent many health problems altogether, including through diet and exercise.

Screenings check for a variety of basic things like hypertension, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and cholesterol. It’s also important to see a doctor as soon as you notice something wrong.

Better health starts with your habits. Make going to the doctor one part of your routine. Schedule an appointment with urologist and men’s health expert Dr. Kelly online or over the phone. 

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