Cleveland Clinic conducted a survey of over 500 men ages 18 to 70 across the United States and found that only three in five men get an annual physical, and just over 40 percent go to the doctor only when they fear they have a serious medical condition. Typically, men avoid doctors as they prefer not to know, or don’t see a reason to go. It is important to encourage a mindset of proactive, preventive thinking.
Men with a family history of heart disease have on average an earlier onset of heart issues. Here are some heart health risk factors: high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, poor diet, overweight and obesity, family history, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.
Going for checkups can help to determine your numbers and your overall health so it can inform you and identify health goals.
Start by knowing your numbers: Blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, body fat level, and blood sugar.
If your body fat is greater than 24 percent, commit to shedding some of that fat. Whether some of your numbers are elevated, set and follow diet and exercise goals. Regular checkups and screenings make a difference.
According to the NIH, men have typically been meat and potato eaters, and haven’t viewed vegetables as all that important. Consequently, men are significantly less likely than women to recognize the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, and their role in reducing the risk of many cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Studies via the NIH have shown many men eat only about 4½ servings of fruits and vegetables a day on average. Only 4% say they eat the 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day recommended as part of an active lifestyle.
Eating right and getting a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables, plays a part in a healthy lifestyle and losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight. Eat a variety of food, include 7 or more servings of colorful fruits and vegetables—not juice. Get plenty of whole grains, beans, and legumes. Select “healthy fats”—eat more omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats (olive oil, nuts, seeds). Avoid trans fats and fried foods and minimize intake of fast foods.
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