Men’s Health

Men are more likely to have health problems when compared to women.1 One of the reasons for this is that men tend to focus less on preventative health than their female counterparts. Some of the diseases that affect men may be prevented by making healthier lifestyle choices. Following the guidelines below is a good starting point in maintaining good health.

  • Don’t smoke. Smoking is the major cause of many health conditions.2 Exposure to second hand smoking (passive smoking) should also be avoided.2
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Men are more likely than women to accumulate weight around the waist. This can increase the risk of serious health problems.3 Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. Avoid saturated fats, instead choose lean red meat and include oily fish such as salmon and tuna. Also limit foods high in salt and sugars.
  • Increase intake of nutrients that are particularly beneficial for men. Lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes and tomato based products, may help protect and maintain prostate health.4 Zinc is also essential for the normal function of the male reproductive system. Foods rich in Zinc are meat, eggs and seafood (especially oysters and shellfish).5
  • Exercise regularly. Do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most days of the week. This can include brisk walking, cycling, swimming or gardening.6
  • Take a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement as nutritional insurance to meet your body’s nutrient needs. This may help reduce the risk of many health problems including fatigue, lowered immunity and impaired cognitive function.7

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