Much has been written about the poor health seeking habits of men. A visit to the doctor is not greeted with the same enthusiasm as a ball game. Nevertheless, we aim to get you guys sufficiently motivated to take that first step and make the appointment to see a healthcare professional.
Globally, women live longer than men. What accounts for the yin/yang difference? Is it the ‘y’ chromosome or the hormones that are making the difference? Many researchers and healthcare providers have argued that it all comes down to good health seeking habits.
Here’s what the health experts say
One of the following could take you out prematurely:
- Cardiac (heart) disease
- Stroke which can lead to partial or complete paralysis of limbs
- Cancers affecting any of the body’s system but more commonly lung, colon and prostate cancers
- Respiratory illnesses such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma
- Motor vehicle crashes
Health experts are placing a lot of emphasis on reducing premature deaths. Educating the public on the risk factors will help us to avoid not only the chronic diseases but also the resulting complications.
Promoting the use of seat belts, early diagnosis and treatment of depression are two of the interventions that have been implemented to improve health outcomes.
High Risk factors and behaviors
- High cholesterol
- High blood sugar
- Heavy drinking
- Promiscuous, risky sexual behavior
- Ignoring or not recognizing depression
Guys, you can take control of these risk factors and behaviors to enjoy optimum health. Great health and fitness may be the only aphrodisiac you’ll ever need.
Take action guys to reap the health benefits!
Having the health facts and knowing what to do to restore or maintain optimal health is not enough to effect the changes that will give improvement to one’s health status. Converting the knowledge to practice is the real challenge.
Healthy Living includes the following tips:
Give up smoking: your GP as well as several Smoking Cessation Counselors can take you through a program to kick the habit. Second hand smoke (being around smokers) is detrimental to your overall health.
- Eat a balance healthy diet by incorporating more veggies, fruits, and whole grains
- Lose weight
- Engage in physical activity daily
- Limit alcohol use
- Stress management
- Get recommended health screening
Now what’s your excuse?
- Too tired…
- No time…
- Work ties me down…
- Feel okay…
- I am healthy…
- Hopelessly unfit…
- I’ve tried everything and can’t get results…
Do it for yourself, the kids and that special lady
Get motivated by linking your health goal to a compelling motivator. Do it for yourself to get more energy, endurance and improved productivity. Do you have young children who you plan to be with as they grow up? Get healthy to enjoy them as they grow and mature! What about that special lady in your life? She will want you to be around for a long time.
Be that guy who makes doctor’s appointments…and keep them.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
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