Men's Health Week is celebrated every year in the week leading up to Father's Day. Its purpose is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. According to the CDC women are 100% more likely than men to seek preventative care. C'mom here people. The 5 most common killers of men- heart disease, cancer, stroke, lung disease and diabetes- are all much more manageable when caught early with routine screening. There are many hypothesis as to why there is such a disparity between men and women on the issue of preventative care. They range from a feeling of invincibility to fear, from apathy to feeling to busy to squeeze it in. Whatever the reason, it isn't only important for the man himself. It is even more important to his wife, mother, sisters and daughters. Here is a list of 10 tips to maintain your health and independence.
1. Avoid tobacco in all its forms.
2. Eat well. I am not going to bore you with how to eat well. If it came from the ground and will rot, it is good. If it can sit on a shelf for 50 years, avoid it.
3. Exercise regularly, Include endurance, strength, flexibility and balance in your routine. .
4. If you choose to drink, limit yourself to one to two drinks a day, counting 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, and 1.5 ounces of liquor as one drink.
5. Reduce stress. Get enough sleep. Build social ties and community support.
6. Avoid risky behavior, including drug abuse, unsafe sex, dangerous driving, unsafe firearm use, and living in hazardous household conditions.
7. Get regular medical check-ups, screening tests, and immunizations. Listen to your body and report sounds of discord to your doctor.
8. Seek joy and share it with others. Laughter is good medicine. Fun and optimism improve health as well as happiness. .