It’s easy to let routine screenings slip by, but as you get older, checkups will be increasingly important. Men in particular may be more hesitant to see a physician, but routine health screenings are an essential part of preventive care.
“Men tend to be less attentive to their health, but they certainly have risks for many illnesses that need to be addressed,” says Steven J. Fox, MD, a Northwestern Medicine internal medicine physician. “It’s imperative for them to get their physical and get appropriately screened.”
Between visits, men of any age can follow these guidelines for a long and healthy life:
- If you smoke, quit. Your primary care provider can help you find the resources you need to kick this addictive habit.
- Avoid second-hand smoke whenever possible.
- Eat healthy food. A healthy lifestyle starts with what’s on your plate.
- Exercise at moderate intensity at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week.
- Get a flu shot each fall. On the fence about it? Find out if the flu shot is right for you.
It’s true. Healthy habits can lengthen life. “Most diseases are modified by a healthy lifestyle. Your lifestyle choices are one of the most effective ways to treat or prevent illness,” says Dr. Fox.