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It’s Men’s Health Month! So Get Healthy!

Hey, guys! Before we get to some health tips, here’s important information you should know.

Leading Causes of Death

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 10 leading causes of death for all men of all ages during 2014 (latest year data) are

1.     Heart disease

2.     Cancer

3.     Unintentional injury

4.     Chronic lower respiratory diseases

5.     Stroke

6.     Diabetes

7.     Suicide

8.     Alzheimer’s disease

9.     Influenza and pneumonia

10.  Chronic liver disease

Health Tips for Men’s Health Month

Since conditions leading to these afflictions overlap, here are 5 things to do that will improve your health and help you live better longer.

1. Lose the Smokes

We all know that smoking can lead to cancer. It also leads to heart disease and respiratory problems. So, if you smoke, stop. Losing the smokes will improve your health over the long term.

And while you’re at it, cut back on alcohol. No need to grow a beer belly or enlarge the one you have. Besides, alcohol is a depressant, and that doesn’t help your mental or emotional health.

2. Eat Healthy

Summer is the time for steaks on the grill, but don’t forget the veggies. Increasing green vegetables while reducing the size and frequency of red meat will do wonders for your health, your waistline, and your mood. And it wouldn’t hurt to limit intake of carbs such as bread, potatoes, and processed snacks. Eat fresh!

3. Exercise Smart

Couch potatoes and guys who sit at desks all day shorten their lives. Don’t succumb to the so-called “sitting disease.” Stand up, move around, even a little. Go for walks. Start a cardio workout routine (check with your health care provider). Include strength-building activity.

Also remember that smart exercise includes stretching, flexibility, and meditation. As we age, we begin to lose flexibility and mobility. Yoga and controlled breathing can help to increase and preserve a higher quality of life.

5.Get Quality Sleep

More men than women have difficulty breathing and, therefore, sleeping at night. Many suffer from sleep apnea, a very serious and potentially deadly disorder. You might not even know that you have it. Snoring is a common symptom, and your spouse or partner can probably tell you if you snore. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, have a specialist examine you immediately.

Beyond that, you can follow a routine that will result in better quality sleep. Go to bed at the same time each night. Reduce screen time on computers, mobile devices, or TV before bedtime. Avoid alcohol and caffeine late at night. Many other suggestions are published online that people have found helpful.

5. Get Checked Out

Finally, guys, when did you have your last medical checkup? More than a year ago? Then you’re due for a visit to Kathy’s Urgent Care!

We provide thorough physical exams, and we’re open 7 days a week and during evenings. No appointment needed! And we accept most insurance plans. So don’t put it off any longer!

Authored by Dr. Tom Brown