Fellas, here’s how to master your health at any age

Family Health
Apr 9, 2024

Men often feel invincible, leading to many putting off routine healthcare. But, your greatest superpower is taking charge of your well-being.

Here’s how you can get started, no matter your age.

In your 20s:

  • Quit smoking, or better yet, don’t start.
  • Limit alcohol to two drinks per day.
  • Fuel your mind and body with fruits and vegetables, plenty of protein and healthy fats from nuts and olive oil.
  • Visit your primary care provider for yearly checkups. There, you’ll get screened for high blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Avoid distracted driving.
  • Get a yearly flu shot.

In your 30s:

  • Keep your body active by aiming for 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise and two or more muscle-strengthening sessions each week.
  • Continue eating a heart-healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats.
  • If you haven’t already, gather your family history of cancer, heart disease and other conditions. Share this information with your primary care provider.

Related Article: Knowing your family’s past medical history can benefit your future 

In your 40s:

  • Make time for yourself to unwind and connect with others. If you feel overwhelmed or hopeless, talk with your provider.
  • Make sure you are being screened for certain conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, and certain cancers, including colorectal and prostate.

In your 50s:

  • Continue the conversation about screenings. You might need to add tests for hepatitis C and lung cancer to your routine screenings.
  • Talk to your provider about vaccines. In addition to flu and COVID-19, get one for shingles, a virus that causes a painful rash.

Related Article: Is this rash shingles?

Your 60s and beyond:

  • Maintain regular checkups. Follow your provider’s guidance on screenings and on treatments for existing health conditions.
  • Even if you can’t get 150 minutes of exercise each week, any amount of movement helps, so stay active.
  • Keep you mind active and maintain a healthy social life.
  • Continue a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nutrient-rich proteins and healthy fats.
  • Once you reach 65, get shots for pneumonia.

Related Article: Who needs the pneumonia vaccine?


Source: healthlibrary.sjchs.org by Krames/WebMD Ignite 


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