International Men’s Day 2022: Many studies suggest that men, due to their lifestyle choices and uncontrolled stress, are more likely to get sick at a younger age and may suffer from more chronic diseases than women. They may also be more sedentary compared to women and this could lead to many health problems. “Men more commonly exhibit some behaviors that put them at risk for cardiovascular disease (often associated with poor eating habits), cancer (often associated with smoking), tuberculosis (associated with non-adherence to medical treatment) and HIV / AIDS (associated with unsafe sexual practices) In addition, men are more represented in higher-risk occupations such as construction, driving, mining, and the military, leading to higher rates of workplace deaths and injuries. work,” said a Lancet article. (Also read: International Men’s Day 2022: Superfoods for men)
“Just like women, most men tend to ignore their health. They are often busy with their hectic schedules and don’t prioritize their health. Therefore, following a healthy lifestyle is key to staying fit throughout your life.” life,” says Dr. Rajiv. Manek, Minimal Access Consultant, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road.
Below are some foolproof tips from Dr. Manek that men can follow to improve their overall well-being.
1. Avoid sitting for a longer period: If your job involves sitting for a long time, you should be careful. Sitting too much can be bad for your health. Doing so can invite many diseases such as heartburn, obesity, joint pain due to immobility, and leg pain. So standing up after every half hour can do the trick. Try getting up from your seat and keep moving. Take regular breaks and stretch to stay in shape.
2. Manage your stress: Everyone gets stressed at any given time in life. Stress can arise for financial, personal, or professional reasons. Even one will be stressed due to the loss of a loved one or poor health. It is better to seek timely help. Talk to a counselor who can guide you regarding your problem. This is because stress can cause heart attack, stroke, weight gain, and even affect cognitive health. Try to opt for cognitive behavioral therapy if you feel that you are depressed. It is better to take time for yourself. Taking a hot shower will help you de-stress. Other than that, you can also keep yourself stress-free by doing yoga, meditation, or whatever activity you like. You can choose a wide range of activities such as gardening, listening to music, learning a new language or instrument, or traveling.
3. Get rid of unhealthy habits: A large number of men tend to smoke, or take alcohol or drugs to combat stress. But, all these things are detrimental to your health. Smoking and secondhand smoke can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease. Alcohol can dehydrate you and also cause weight gain. Drug use is also linked to heart attacks and strokes. Stay away from steroids to build muscle.
4. Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water helps you lose weight, balance your mood, and maintain a proper body temperature.
5. Go to regular medical check-ups. Regular check-ups and follow-ups will keep you informed about his health. It’s best to check your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels from time to time. Get a heart exam after every 6 months.
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