Did you know that half of male-premature deaths are preventable? Or that women on average outlive men by five years? The current state of men’s health is not very good, especially in comparison to their female counterparts. One reason for this is that women on average take better care of themselves – according to Men’s Health Network, men are half as likely to go to the doctor for a check-up as women are, thus depriving themselves of a chance to catch a disease in its early stages, when it’s most treatable.
However, there is an upside: because many men aren’t doing enough to take care of their health right now, there are many opportunities to improve. Here are a few tips to start taking care of yourself now:
1. Go to the doctor! With early screenings, many diseases can be successfully treated.
2. Eat more tomatoes. They contain lycopene, which may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. (Mayo Clinic)
3. Perform self-exams regularly. Check for lumps and nodules. See your doctor for routine physicals.
4. Seek help for depression. Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. (National Institute of Mental Health)
5. Don’t ignore snoring. Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea – blocked air flow – which can lead to clogged arteries.