We all have heard it gazillion times: Prevention is better than cure. But, how many of us stick to it? While genetics are out of control, it’s very much in our control to take charge of our health before things get serious.
Men usually have this misconception that if they seem healthy, they don’t need to visit the doctor. But, regular, precautionary checkups does not harm. Rather they help to take early steps of prevention, if needed at all.
An online survey concluded that 72% of men would do household chores instead of going to a doctor. It also stated that 77% of married men would rather go for shopping with their partner to avoid going to the doctor.
These numbers are a wake up call. Because, different studies have proven how being aware about our health and practicing a proactive, preventive lifestyle are the keys to living a long, healthy life.
Preventive healthcare follows the basic principle of not waiting for the worst to happen and take required action. It is all about building a strong body (both physically and mentally) and having a resilient immune system. Our immunity is what keeps us going. Hence, it is vital to be in a position where you can withstand or avoid major health threats.
Preventive health measures men can practice in their daily life to stay healthy and build a stronger immune system:
1. Say no to smoking
Smoking is injurious to health. We hear it often, read it as warning signs but still choose to ignore it. If you smoke cigarettes or any other type of tobacco products, you ought to ask your doctor to help you quit. Yes, it’s difficult if you are used to it, but proper care and treatment can make it happen.
You must also avoid exposure to secondhand smoke that comes from air pollution and chemical like those in the workplace.
2. Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet might sound like an evident step but not many of us practise it. You should choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high fiber foods and other lean sources of protein, such as fish.
It is a wise choice to limit foods that are high in saturated and trans fats. Also, avoid foods with added sugar and sodium.
3. Maintain your weight
Excessive weight gain is the root cause of many serious health issues, especially with men in their 40s. It increases the chances of stroke and other heart-related problems. It can even lead to various types of cancer. Weight gain is also associated with health conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Thus, it is important to stick to a preventive lifestyle that maintains your weight and helps you to stay at the best of your health.
4. Manage stress
Many young men around the world are living with anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Feeling constantly on edge or under pressure might lead to suffering your lifestyle habits. Most importantly, it affects your immune system.
Thus, it is vital to take steps that help you to manage stress. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of any mental health situation, it’s always a good idea to seek help from a therapist or get in touch with a doctor for evaluation.
5. Indulge in physical activities
Being physically active and indulging in some daily exercise is the right to engage in early preventive care. The health benefits of exercise and physical activities are endless for the human body. From lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke to reducing the chances of certain types of cancers, exercise helps in a lot of ways.
To start with, you can choose exercises that you enjoy. Physical activities don’t have to be boring and rigid. You can also find coaches to help you with your favorite physical activity on our 360Wellness mobile app.
6. Stop drinking alcohol
If you are an alcoholic, it is highly advisable to lower your daily ounces and ultimately step away from drinking regularly. Alcohol is a slow poison. It kills your immunity. Some of the most dangerous cancers such as liver cancer increase with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you have been drinking it. A high level of alcohol can also raise your blood pressure which gradually leads to heart attack or stroke.
However, if you choose to drink alcohol, make sure it is only in moderation. You must not make it a habit or a lifestyle.
7. Don’t avoid the doctor
Whether you have any health concerns or not, it is medically suggested to visit a doctor regularly. Timely checkups should not happen only to get treated for an ailment. If you are under 50, you must get a medical check-up once every 3 years. It is not ideal to wait for something serious to happen. Your doctor is your best ally for maintaining a preventive lifestyle.
If you have any health issues, follow your doctor’s advice and stick to what he suggests. You must also ask your doctor about preventive care procedures like screenings, vaccinations, and other health evaluations in case of a health condition.
8. Use barrier methods during sex
Most men are sexually active in their teens or in their early 20’s. Thus, it is an important step to take precautions and use barrier methods like condoms during sex. It is also advisable to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases if you’ve had sex without any barrier method, especially if you have had multiple partners.
It is recommended by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that all men between 13 to 64 must go through their routine HIV test. People with multiple partners or frequent partner changes are advised to get tested more often.
It is one thing to understand the health risk and it is a different thing to be mindful and practice prevention against them. Small actions every day lead to bigger changes in the long run. Thus, start by making healthy lifestyle choices. The impact will be better than you can think.
To begin with, you can start by downloading the 360Wellness mobile app. The revolutionary 360Wellness tracker revolves around practicing a preventive and healthy lifestyle.