Men’s Health: Simple Steps to Improve Your Health

Mens health header for blog June 2021

Men’s health encompasses several different issues. They range from basic nutrition and exercise to topics such as cardiovascular health and cancer screenings. The pandemic has dramatically altered people’s routines, which has led to more risky behaviors, such as increased alcohol abuse, more binge eating, and increased tobacco abuse. I have always found men to be notorious for neglecting their healthcare until they develop a problem. So, what can men do to improve their health?

First and foremost, it all starts with better choices and care at home. Moderation is key when it comes to eating and alcohol consumption. To eat moderately means eating a balanced diet.

Include daily:

  • 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 6 servings of whole grains
  • 2 or 3 servings of low-fat dairy
  • 2 or 3 servings of lean meat, chicken, and fish

Only 10% of your nutrition should come from junk food. In regards to moderate alcohol consumption, 2 servings of alcohol a day would be moderate; this means 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine.

Anyone who smokes should strongly consider quitting. There is no such thing as moderation when it comes to smoking.

The importance of routine checkups has to be stressed. Even though you may feel well, routine checkups will check blood pressure and arrange for cholesterol testing, both of which contribute to heart disease, the biggest silent killer. Checkups can assure you are up-to-date with vaccinations. If you are unsure of what vaccinations you might need, refer to the CDC adult vaccine assessment tool. Another benefit of routine checkups is that your physician will make sure you have undergone the appropriate cancer screening tests. These tests typically include screening for colon cancer, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer, depending on your age. Refer to the chart below for guidelines.

Personal Health screening guidelines for all ages and genders
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Last, but surely not least, the pandemic has led to a dramatic rise in depression. It can be screened for by your doctor, and they can offer treatments for depression. For more information on mental health, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website. 

Below are Dr. Katopes’s suggestions to improve your health. 

 

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Dr. Charles Katopes is a board-certified gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Specialists, P.A. serving Kernersville and Winston-Salem, NC.

By: Dr. Charles Katopes

He works at our Kernersville and Winston-Salem locations.

Learn more about her here: https://digestivehealth.ws/provider/charles-p-katopes/

 


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