Preventive care and healthy choices are key to a lifetime of wellness, and men have a number of health considerations to keep in mind.
What you eat, how much sleep you get, how often you visit the doctor, how you handle stress and more can all have a big impact on health. To keep yourself as healthy as possible, use this guide to learn about some of the most important preventative steps and healthy lifestyle choices men can make.
Being comfortable openly discussing all aspects of your health is incredibly important. You need to find a primary care physician who makes it easy to share details about your life, including your sexual and mental wellbeing.
You’ll also want to confirm that any new doctors you’ll be seeing are in-network with your health insurance. Most insurers have this information readily available online. Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) members can also call our Quality Improvement team at 970-263-5552 for help choosing an in-network doctor.
Most health insurance plans include preventative care, so don’t forget to schedule a yearly physical with your physician.
Good health isn’t a reason to skip your annual exam, either. Even if you’re feeling great, this appointment is the perfect way to ensure your health remains excellent. Your doctor will help keep a watch for early signs of disease and illness that are easy to miss.
ABC News shared some men’s health tips from Dr. Timothy Johnson, and he explained the value in regular colonoscopies and prostate serum antigen testing. Dr. Johnson urges men to get tested and says, “[these tests detect] two common and potentially lethal diseases — colon and prostate cancer — when they are still curable. There are not many cancers that we can either prevent or detect early enough to make a difference, but these are two.”
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), people with an average risk of colorectal cancer should schedule regular screening starting at age 45.
Eating a diet full of whole foods will keep your body operating at its best. Fill your plate with fresh fruits and veggies, complex carbohydrates that will fill you up, healthy fats, and lean protein. Enjoy your favorite less-than-healthy foods in moderation.
Exercise is equally important. Dr. Johnson explains that, “This health practice has enormous physical and emotional benefits. Besides reducing the risk for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis, regular exercise can be helpful in raising our general mood and reducing the risk for depression.”
Fortunately, it’s easy to stay active if you’re lucky enough to live on the Western Slope. Some of the most scenic trails in the state are nearby, taking up healthy new activities like trail running is a breeze, and getting outside is a top priority when you have places like this right in your backyard.