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“Men, like women, should make health a priority in order to live longer and enjoy life with their loved ones. To achieve optimal health, they need to visit their doctors regularly, exercise, eat healthy and avoid habits that put their health at risk,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, president and CEO of MediCard, a leading HMO in the country.
Here are some tips to help men achieve optimal health:
Quit smoking. Many health complications come from smoking such as high blood pressure, stroke, lung cancer, and erectile dysfunction, which is why Dr. Montoya strongly recommends quitting smoking. You may start by simply trying to resist the urge to smoke. When you first try to quit smoking, cravings may be powerful at this stage, but they will pass within five to 10 minutes. During this time, find something to distract you or keep your mind away from smoking tobacco. These include chewing gum, vegetables, or other food you can munch on. You can also detract your attention from the craving by going to public, smoke-free places.
Exercise regularly. Working out regularly boosts energy levels, improves mood, lets you sleep better, and helps you achieve optimal health. For men, including weight lifting in your routine is also recommended. In addition to building a strong physique, weight lifting improves your body composition and overall health. It also helps burn fat as it boosts your metabolism. Lifting weights also improves endurance and stamina for better performance as well as your balance since it indirectly targets various smaller muscles called stabilizer muscles. Furthermore, weight lifting may prevent back pain because it helps strengthen the muscles in your core which supports your spine. It’s best to consult your doctor if you have a history of back pain.
Eat smart. No matter how hard you train, if you don’t eat healthy, you still won’t achieve great abs and muscles. Eating small meals five times a day may be more advisable than three full meals, as this can help boost your metabolism. However, you need to practice portion control to make sure you don’t overeat. One effective way to do this is by using smaller bowls or plates.
Take care of your prostate. If you don’t take care of your prostate as early as now, you are more likely to be at high risk of prostate problems like enlarged prostate, prostatitis and prostate cancer, one of the most common cancers in men. A healthy diet can help prevent prostate problems. It’s best to also consult your doctor regularly to do DRE and to determine if you need to take a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, a blood test that can help detect prostate cancer early.
Visit your doctor regularly. Men often make the mistake of not consulting a doctor until their health condition has worsened. Visiting your doctor regularly helps evaluate your overall health and treat illnesses before they become serious. “In addition to an overall physical exam, men should go through some medical tests, including screenings for testicular cancer, vision examination and cholesterol testing, among others,” says Dr. Montoya said.
Achieve optimal health today. MediCard has numerous free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations, tests and vaccinations. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out www.medicardphils.com for more information.