Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Recommended tips for men to remain healthy as they get older

With age comes wisdom. Unfortunately, it also comes with an increased threat of developing health problems. 

Prostate cancer and other diseases affect a disproportionately large amount of American men. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), more than 16 million men are affected by the disease globally, and American men represent 2.5 million of that figure. 

EAT RIGHT: If you've eaten a particular way your whole life, you might find it difficult to change. But cutting out the junk in favor of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is well worth the effort.
Opt for fish over red meat. Evidence from several studies suggests that fish can help protect against prostate cancer because it contains "good fat," particularly omega-3 fatty acids. A free nutrition guide and tasty recipes are available at www.pcf.org/nutrition . 

STAY ACTIVE: A sedentary lifestyle contributes to your risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer.
GET CHECKED: While it's always important to be open with your physician about your health and your family's health history, starting at age 40 it becomes crucial. Regular doctor's visits are also an important component of early diagnosis. While these tests may not be fun, they can save your life. If you have a history of prostate cancer in your family, consider a yearly rectal examination and a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test starting in your forties. 

Broader awareness and understanding of the health risks associated with aging can save lives. So don't shy away from talking to your friends and family about your health.

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