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