Live Longer Healthy: Health Tips for Men

When it comes to health care, men are less likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Comparatively, women visit their doctors regularly, take symptoms seriously and live a healthful lifestyle. Maybe that’s one reason why there is a seven-year average survival advantage on women than men. It is obviously important that men of all ages become more proactive about their health. And an easy way to start is to follow these 10 basic steps to maintaining health and vitality. Take charge of your health by incorporating these 10 steps into your life. The rewards of good health and well-being will be well worth your efforts.

Eliminate White Foods from Your Diet
White flour, white sugar and other processed foods are foods withour any vitamins, minerals,natural fibres. As a result, they rapidly increases blood sugar levels, which leads to weight gain, diabetes and other health problems. Avoid breads and baked goods made with white flour, sugar, sodas and snack foods. Instead, eat fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.

Stay Away from Dangerous Trans Fats
Reduce your overall fat intake. Deep-fried foods and anything made with hydrogenated oils, peanut butter, margarine, pastries, cookies etc. contain trans fats that raise your risk of heart disease. Eat only healthful fats, like olive oil and the omega-3 oils found in salmon and other cold-water fish, which protect against heart disease.

Take Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement
There is no substitute for a good diet. But you need to take a high-potency multivitamin and mineral supplement for optimal nutrition. You are not sure that your food contains all the nutrients you need. Taking a high quality daily supplement which can protect you against possible deficiencies.

Exercise Regularly: Brisk walkimg, sports, skipping, running, aerobics are the various forms of exercises thay you can start. Join a gym, consult a personal trainer or ask an experienced friend to give you training.

Maintain Your Optimal Weight
Maintain a healthy weight. You’ll look better, feel better and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and other major killers. Just follow the four steps above, you’ll be well on your way.

Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation
Repeated studies have shown that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol protects not only against heart disease, but also lowers risk of death from all causes. But then always remember, moderation is important. Excess alcohol consumption is devastating to health.

Protect Your Prostate As men reaches the age of 40, the prostate gland begins a growth spurt that results in symptoms like frequent nighttime urination. Its better you keep a check on this by visiting your doctor.

Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer
Experts estimate that 80 per cent of all cancers can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices. Avoid saturated and trans fats. These may fuel prostate cancer growth. Take protective foods, such as soy, green tea and tomatoes, into your diet.

Maintain Vigorous Sexual Function
Most cases of erectile dysfunction (impotence) have a physical cause: You’re just not getting enough blood to the area in question. To improve overall circulation, follow the diet, exercise and supplement tips given above. Smoking also significantly impairs erectile function.

Maintain Close Relationships
Another thing women seem to do better than men is maintain close relationships. Make a point to strengthen ties with your family and friends. Volunteer work, religious ties, even pets–anything that keeps you involved with others–reduces stress and enhances health.