10 Health Tips for Men of Any Age

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    It's Advantageous to Protect Your Health
    If you’re like most men, you probably have a career plan and a retirement plan. And maybe even a plan for starting or providing for your family. But do you have a plan for keeping yourself healthy? While some health issues are beyond your control, there are several ways you can keep your mind and body strong and healthy. Here are tips for protecting your health at any age. Start your healthy living plan today!

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    1. Hang Out With Friends and Family
    You might think you’re too busy for a boys’ night out or lunch with your mom. But activities like these may save your life. Research shows that social ties can help you survive health problems, make you happier, and even prolong your life. One study even found that social bonds can protect your physical health as much as quitting smoking. 

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    2. Don’t Smoke
    Smoking is the major cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer kills more men than any other type of cancer. Smoking is also linked to heart disease, stroke, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). And half of all long-term smokers will die because they use tobacco. The good news is that as soon as you stop smoking, you start to decrease your risk of developing chronic diseases.  Learn how to quit smoking  here .

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    3. Eat a Healthy Diet
    Take-out food may be tasty and easy. But you have to be smart about the kind of quick food choices you make. Too many fatty foods and sugary drinks increases your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And you’ll risk packing on the pounds. Instead, work on eating more vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains.  Learn more about healthy eating  here.

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    4. Break a Sweat
    Exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, colon cancer, and other health problems. It can also keep your weight down and sharpen your judgment. Plus, you will likely sleep better and live longer. So try to get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity activity every week. This can include things like yard work, riding a bike, and shoveling snow. Learn more reasons and ways to be physically active here .

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    5. Unplug and Take a Break
    Small amounts of stress can energize you and sharpen your ability to perform well. But too much stress over time can cause serious physical and mental health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, digestive problems, sleeplessness, and depression. To de-stress, get some exercise, meet up with friends, take a break from the phone and computer screens, and try other tips from the American Heart Association here .

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    6. Get Plenty of Sleep
    It seems like there are never enough hours in the day. As a result, at least 25% of Americans are sleep-deprived. Too little sleep is linked to obesity, accidental trauma, heart disease, depression, and diabetes. It also puts you at risk of car accidents due to drowsy driving. Sleeping seven to nine hours per night can improve your work performance, your physical safety, and your body’s ability to fight disease. Learn how to sleep longer and better here .

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    7. Go to the Doctor
    Even if you feel fine, regular checkups and screenings are vital for protecting your health. How important? They will help you spot signs of serious diseases and conditions early, when you have a better chance of successfully treating them. You’ll also be more likely to find problems before they cause painful or bothersome symptoms. And you’ll live a longer and more active life free of disability. Find a primary care doctor and schedule a checkup today. For quick reference, read Top 10 Checkups and Screenings for Men. Learn more about the screening tests you need here .

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    8. Lend a Hand
    Studies have found that helping other people can decrease blood pressure, stress levels, and chronic pain. It can also reduce your likelihood of having depression and can even help you live longer. And helping others doesn’t have to be a big deal. You can donate to a fundraising drive, mow a neighbor’s grass, or run a race for a charity. Learn more about the benefits of pitching in and ways to help here  .

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    9. Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
    Men are twice as likely as women to develop the most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Why? Men spend an average of 10 more hours in the sun every week than women do. And they aren’t as likely to use sunscreen. Luckily, skin cancer is highly preventable. Make it a habit to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.  Opt for a hat and sunglasses as well, and learn more about preventing skin cancer  here .

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    10. Limit Alcohol
    Happy hour can be a fun time and a good deal. But too much alcohol can lead to injuries, cancer, psychological problems, damaged relationships, and high blood pressure. Try to limit alcohol to two drinks—such as a bottle of beer or one and half ounces of hard alcohol—per day.  If you need help curbing or quitting drinking, learn more from the  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

10 Health Tips for Men of Any Age
  1. Connect with Others. Mental Health America. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/connect-others
  2. Holt-Lunstad J, et al. Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review. PloS Medicine. 2010;7(7):e1000316.
  3. Cancer and Men. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/CancerAndMen/
  4. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2010/pdfs/key-findings.pdf
  5. Quitting Smoking. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/index.htm#benefits
  6. Smokefree.gov. http://www.smokefree.gov.
  7. Swinburn B, et al. Increased food energy supply is more than sufficient to explain the US epidemic of obesity. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015;102:5. 
  8. United States Department of Agriculture. http://www.choosemyplate.gov.
  9. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/report/A_Summary.aspx#_Toc199951125
  10. Physical Activity and Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm
  11. Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/physical_activity/index.html
  12. Fact Sheet on Stress. National Institute of Mental Health. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml
  13. How Does Stress Affect You. American Heart Association. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/StressManagement/HowDoesStressAffectYou/How-Does-Stress-Affect-You_UCM_307985_Article.jsp#.VkzkodaA2JU
  14. Fight Stress with Healthy Habits. American Heart Association. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/StressManagement/FightStressWithHealthyHabits/Fight-Stress-with-Healthy-Habits_UCM_307992_Article.jsp#.VkzkyNaA2JU
  15. Four Ways to Deal with Stress. American Heart Association. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/StressManagement/FourWaystoDealWithStress/Four-Ways-to-Deal-with-Stress_UCM_307996_Article.jsp#.Vkzk3taA2JU
  16. Sleep Health. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/sleep-health?topicid=38
  17. Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html
  18. Healthy Sleep Tips. National Sleep Foundation. http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/healthy-sleep-tips
  19. Regular Check-Ups are Important. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/family/checkup/
  20. MEN: Get It Checked. Checkup and Screening Guidelines for Men. Mens Health Network. http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/getitcheckedpostermen.pdf
  21. The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research. Corporation for National and Community Service. http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf 
  22. Help Others. Mental Health America. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/help-others
  23. You Are at Risk. Skin Cancer Foundation. http://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/anti-aging/you-are-at-risk
  24. American Academy of Dermatology. Skin cancer. https://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/conditions/skin-cancer
  25. What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Skin Cancer? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/prevention.htm
  26. Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Tips for Men for a Healthy Life. http://womenshealth.gov/mens-health/tips-for-men-for-a-healthly-life/
  27. NCADD Can Help. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. http://www.ncadd.org/index.php/get-help
  28. Get Preventive Tests. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/healthy-men/tests/index.html
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2019 Jul 29
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