June 23, 2014
A 2012 survey about men and how they handle their health shows 63% of men see their doctor when they have “prolonged, severe pain.” At the same time, most of the men surveyed said they wanted to live a long life and stay healthy well into their eighties. Over a third of the men surveyed said they visited a doctor only after their significant other pressured them to do so. Obviously, men WANT to be healthy but aren’t always taking the necessary steps to stay that way.
You’ve heard the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. That certainly holds true with regards to health. These days we know more about how to prevent disease – but it takes knowledge, motivation and lifestyle changes on the part of the individual. The leading causes of death in both males and females are related to heart conditions. Genetics are certainly a factor but making the appropriate lifestyle changes can prevent or delay the onset of heart problems. Simple things like adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and doing at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise most days of the week. These are two lifestyle habits that can pay off with big dividends.
Once you reach your 40’s, more regular checkups are a smart move. Annual health checks from your regular doctor to check key items like cholesterol level, blood pressure and prostate health will help keep you enjoying life, and not under the knife!
Some of these checks can be done regularly at home, and technology can also be your friend: For example, Withings has created a range of connected devices for measuring blood pressure, weight, fat content, heart rate and blood oxygen content. Similarly, health accessories such as Fitbit are increasingly popular, and many more devices are in development that are either connected to, or integrated with, your smartphone. All these devices record health data that can be monitored over time, giving you more visibility and awareness of your overall health. Hi-tech gadgets such as these can make it more interesting to keep on top of your health!
Other general awareness “screening” tests should be a part of your regular routine. Check your skin for new skin growths or changes in existing moles. A mole that’s changing in size, color or becoming more irregular should be checked out. Check your testicles regularly for irregularities or lumps. Be alert to any changes and report them to your doctor. That’s what being proactive about your health is about.
Taking a proactive approach to health puts YOU in control. It’s empowering to know you’re doing the right things to stay healthy and prolong your life. Empower yourself.
Probiotics: Good For The Skin Too
When people talk about Probiotics, they usually mean pills or powders that deliver beneficial bacteria to the digestive system. For long-term health, a regular suppliant of a high quality probiotic such as Natren Healthy Trinity should be a no-brainer, but your skin is an organ too and it needs nourishment. This is why Natren developed Jourdan’s Aftershave Lotion. Aftershaves are not just for helping you smell great – their main role is to sooth and moisturize your skin after the harsh treatment of shaving – especially if you have just removed large amounts of stubble. Try Jourdan’s Probiotic Aftershave Lotion, and give your skin the same benefit of probiotic care that we recommend for your insides.
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