10 Health Tips For Grilling, Snoring & Other Manly Things

There's one word that sends most men runningdoctor. Now this isn't because men don't care about being healthy, instead it's likely due to one of these 3 common reasons: a busy schedule, fear of discovering a health issue or discomfort with the physical exams (no one likes rectal exams). 

But just because we don't talk about men's health, doesn't mean it's not important. For instance, did you know that men live about 6 fewer years than women (due to reasons that are preventable)? Or that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in the US?

So, if seeking out preventative health information isn't exactly his forte, let us bring the health tips straight to you (and hopefully him). Here are 10 things every man should definitely know:

1.    Building bigger muscles. Whether you’re looking to bulk up your biceps or grow your glutes, the key is to lift at a moderate weight with a high amount of reps. If you opt for heavier weights, it’s harder to target specific muscle groups.

2.    Food is fuel. While your ideal diet may consist of protein, protein and more protein, there are other vital vitamins and nutrients you shouldn’t skip. For instance, foods with vitamin E (almonds), omega-3 fatty acids (fish), iron (spinach), zinc (beans), monounsaturated fats (olive oil) and others should be on your grocery list, too.

3.    Get your grilling on. Leave the burgers and hot dogs in the fridge because your grill game just got a whole lot better. Prepare your taste buds for these healthy foods that taste even better grilled: lobster, red peppers, squid, clams, sweet potatoes and artichokes.

4.    Silence your snoring. You may be sleeping right through your snoring, but chances are, your spouse isn’t quite that lucky.  Besides seeing an expert, a few ways to limit snoring include:  sleeping on your side, avoiding allergens and staying hydrated.

5.    Protect your prostate. When identified early, the survival rate for prostate cancer is 98%. That’s why as soon as you turn 50—or 45 if you have a family history or you’re African American—talk to your doctor about PSA testing (a simple blood test). Seriously—talk to your doctor.

6.    Support your sexual health. One simple way to help support your sexual health is to lower your risk of erectile dysfunction. Turns out, it may be as simple as eating more fruits that are rich in flavonoids, which include strawberries, blueberries, apples, pears and citrus fruits.

7.    Understand infertility. Recent studies have provided a major wake-up call: over the last 4 decades, sperm counts have decreased by 50%, which may be why more than 1/3 of couples struggle to conceive. To help strengthen your fertility, eat a diet rich in antioxidants, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol, steer clear of hot tubs and manage chronic stress.

8.    Make time for bromance. Having a support system can make all the difference when it comes to both physical and mental health. Whether it’s making time for a weekly phone call, heading to the gym together or hosting a weekend get-together, spending time with your bromigos can help with stress relief, boost confidence and happiness.

9.    Take out tobacco. The World Health Organization found that of that roughly 40% of men, worldwide, smoke (compared to only 9% of women). Come on, guys, that’s one stat you don’t want to be higher in. Get serious about quitting by using tools and resources, like smoking cessation.

10.  Find your perfect fit. In order to find the right one, you need options. That’s why GMC Health Park-Hamilton Mill offers a variety of health care services, a team of expert providers and a range of amenities and resources, so you can find exactly what you—and your health—need. From primary caregastroenterology and cancer care to orthopedic, cardiology and imaging services, GMC Health Park-Hamilton Mill offers a one-of-a-kind health care experience, close to home.


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