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Men's Health

Por Ana C. López, Nutrition Counselor, MyDiet™ Team -
Men's Health

Perhaps you've heard the famous saying, "better safe than sorry." Fortunately, many common diseases in men can be prevented. Keep reading and learn more about how you can be healthy and strong.

Among the diseases that affect men's health the most are: heart disease, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and colon cancer. Fortunately, these diseases can be detected early and complications avoided, and even better, may be prevented through maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The following recommendations are based on those published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for promoting men's health and preventing the diseases mentioned above:


Eat healthy. The benefits of having a balanced and healthy diet are countless. A diet that includes whole grains, whole-wheat cereals, low-fat dairy products and five or more daily servings of fruit and vegetables will provide you with the nutrients and energy you need to stay strong and active. In addition, following this type of diet will provide enough fiber to improve digestion and help prevent some diseases such as colon cancer. Finally, a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol is fundamental for preventing heart disease.


Get moving!  According to the CDC, more than 50% of Americans don't get enough physical activity to stay healthy. The current recommendation is to do at least 30 minutes of moderately intense aerobic exercise most days of the week (ideally every day). Find the workout you like best and make it a part of your daily routine! You have many options such as: walking, swimming or riding a bike. You can also combine these with a weight-lifting routine to tone your muscles. Most importantly, choose an activity that keeps you motivated, and set a regular schedule for working out.


Stay away from tobacco. It has already been widely proven that smoking increases the risk of many diseases, especially heart disease and different types of cancer. If you smoke, seek medical help to quit smoking as soon as possible.


Get regular routine check-ups.Together with your primary physician, determine what kind of check-ups you should get and how often. This will help you keep your health under control and detect any potential problems before they become real issues.


Manage stress. It is best that you learn how to control stress before it controls you! Remember to make time for recreational activities and relaxation as well. If you are experiencing high levels of stress and are unable to control it on your own, seek professional help.

Know who you are and take care of yourself.Knowing your family background can give you an idea of the diseases you may be at a higher risk for developing, allowing you to take the necessary measures to lower your risks. In addition, remember that "health" doesn't just mean freedom from disease; it implies an overall state of well-being. So take responsibility and make it happen! Try to get enough sleep every day in order to recharge your energy, dedicate more time to your favorite hobby, and spend more time with your family and friends.

Maintain a proper weight.Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a good way to prevent many diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and other heart diseases. At MyDiet™, you can obtain a personalized eating plan that will help you reach your weight goals and improve your health.

 

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