The old saying “health is wealth” may be a bit of a cliche, but at the end of the day it always rings true. No matter if you’re a marathon runner or a sedentary couch potato, our overall health and wellness greatly impacts the quality of our daily lives. Men, however, have a tendency to avoid the doctor; a survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic found that over half of all men do not discuss their health amongst one another! We’re here to end the stigma and encourage men to take stock in their wellness, which will result in looking good and feeling good.

Men and Sexual Health

Testicular Cancer

We’ll get the elephant out of the room right away – men do not enjoy discussing their sexual health. Whatever’s happening down there is an indication of your overall wellness, so there are certain issues to be aware of. One of the most common diseases men face is testicular cancer, which generally affects males ages 15-40. Characterized by a tumorous growth in one of the testes, the disease is very serious but also very treatable. The best way to stay proactive about preventing testicular cancer is by self-testing once a month. In the shower, using your thumb and forefinger, gently “roll” along the surface of each testicle – it should feel smooth. If you notice any lumps or irregularities, schedule an appointment with your doctor right away. By catching the cancer early, men have a greater chance of being cured.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, often referred to as ED, is a common condition that affects many men annually. About 5% of men at the age of 40 will experience ED, with the percentage growing exponentially by decade – the figure grows  to around 15% of men by age 70. There are many different factors that can cause ED, but some of the most common are obesity, tobacco and alcohol usage, or mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Due to the sensitivity of the topic, many men experience frustration and shame, and don’t seek help right away. However, aside from lifestyle changes like exercise and smoking cessation, there are many medications available that will facilitate blood flow to the area and get men back into the game!

Fitness and Nutrition

The Importance of Exercise

Being physically fit has its perks beyond just looking good. Conditions like heart disease, diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) are all associated with being overweight, and can even make one more susceptible to stroke and heart attack. Working out  can also help your mental health, as studies have shown exercise to improve one’s mood while decreasing levels of depression and unhappiness. To ensure your body is working at its optimum potential, it is very important to try and get moving for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. If you work an office job where you sit for 8 hours a day, there are several tips you can utilize. One of the easiest ways to break up the monotony of the day, as well as get your heart pumping, is to get up and take a walk. If you’ve got a gym membership, consider checking with a personal trainer to assess your personal fitness goals. Once you become regular with exercise, it is very possible to lose weight, reduce blood pressure, and build cardiovascular conditioning.

Eating Well

Ensuring that you’re eating a well balanced diet is incredibly important for men and women alike. Eating healthy foods can help keep weight under control and prevent conditions like diabetes and obesity. There are many different diets that men can follow, but beware of trendy fad diets – they often aren’t effective and some can be downright unhealthy! According to the FDA, the average person should consume around 2,000 calories daily, with a breakdown of 60% carbohydrates, 20% fat and 20% protein. However, if you are very active, you will need to consume more calories to make up for the deficit of expended calories during exercise. Eating more leafy green vegetables, low-glycemic fruits, lean meats and avoiding sugars, processed foods, and excessive alcohol can help to optimize nutrition; it is always important to use portion control, as well. And always remember, if you’re trying to lose weight, the key is to consume less calories than you burn!

Living healthy can be tough with busy schedules, but it is certainly achievable when made a priority. Men especially should take stock in their overall wellness, especially when it comes to discussing difficult topics. Using these checkpoints, men can ensure they’re on their way to living their best and staying healthy for years to come.