The DuPage County Health Department reminds men that just a few lifestyle changes will result in a healthier and longer life.
Statistics show that men die earlier than women, but more than half of these early deaths can be prevented. The Health Department recommends these changes
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Keep serving sizes in check; watch your intake of salt, fat and empty calories.
- Get enough sleep.
- Protect yourself from injuries at work, home or play.
- Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days.
- Quit smoking.
- If you drink, do so in moderation.
Men tend to go to the doctor only when they are already ill, but regular screenings can prevent serious health problems:
- Blood pressure: At least every two years.
- Cholesterol: Ages 20 to 35 should be tested every five years. If you are over 35 or at high risk, talk to your doctor about frequency.
- Diabetes: Those with high blood pressure should be screened regularly.
- Prostate cancer: Ages 50 and older, discuss the benefits and risks of screening with your doctor.
- Colon cancer: Beginning at age 50, colonoscopy every 10 years, OR flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years OR fecal occult blood test annually.
- Hearing: Beginning at age 65. Talk to your doctor about frequency.