All About Aging: Men’s Health 101

Sunday, 16 Jun 2013, 9:17:00 AM

Dr. Sonia Rosen

Dr. Sonja Rosen is a board-certified geriatrician with the top-ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371.
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Dr. Sonja Rosen is a board-certified geriatrician with the top-ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371.

June is “Men’s Health Month,” and the week leading to

Father’s Day is “Men’s Health Week” to heighten the awareness of preventable

health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases common

among men.

Most guys would rather not

think about their health. They defer to their partners, children or others to

worry about it. Nevertheless, here are some general health tips that can

benefit all men:

• Eat a

nutritious, low-fat diet, containing less processed foods and more fresh fruits

and vegetables.

• Attain and

maintain a healthy weight. Talk to your doctor about your ideal weight and the

safest way to achieve it.

• Get at

least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.

• Use June

as an annual reminder to get your regular checkup, if due.

• Make sure

your health maintenance is up to date, including age-appropriate screenings for

prostate and colon cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

• Stop

smoking, drink in moderation, and avoid other risky behaviors that can lead to

falls or accidents.

• If it’s

time to stop driving, hand over the keys and use public transportation and

local Dial-a-Ride services.

• Manage

your stress. Make time for yourself to recharge by decreasing activities if you

are overscheduled.

Gentlemen, follow these simple steps to a longer,

healthier life, and you’ll make your partners and other family members happier

too. Happy Father’s Day!

Dr. Sonja Rosen is

a board-certified geriatrician with the top-ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in

Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371.

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