healthy living for senior men
June 21, 2021
June is Men’s Health Month, so we wanted to raise awareness about common senior men’s health issues. Even if you feel healthy, it’s still essential to be aware of the health risks that often accompany aging. Here are some tips for maintaining your health and enjoying a greater quality of life.
Eat a Balanced Diet and Get Plenty of ExerciseYour diet should include plenty of calcium, Vitamins A and D, potassium, iron and fiber. Here’s how you can maximize your meals:
- Pack your plate with at least five portions of vegetables and two servings of fruit per day.
- Swap white bread and rice for wholegrain options.
- Eat lean protein like chicken, turkey and fish.
- Include low-fat cheese, yogurt and milk for calcium that will strengthen your bones and help prevent osteoporosis.
- Limit the amount of sodium in your diet as it can increase blood pressure and put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Visit Your DoctorAccording to Health in Aging, about 40% of men delay seeking medical attention for several days when they’re sick. Scheduling regular physical exams will help you take control of your health. You’ll receive screenings and other tests that can detect common health problems in men. Ask your doctor about your risk for these conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Prostate cancer
- Lung cancer, especially if you are or were a smoker
Manage Your MedicationFollowing your doctor’s instructions and taking the proper dosage of your medication is critical for maintaining good health. The more medications you take, the greater the risk for adverse side effects, so keep your doctor updated about all your current meds. Doctors also need to know about your medications to prescribe treatment options that won’t interfere with your prescriptions.
Get VaccinatedAnnual vaccines like a flu shot can go a long way toward managing preventable illnesses. Ask your doctor about vaccines for:
- Pertussis or whooping cough (if you didn’t receive the vaccine as a teenager)