Friday, September 16, 2016

Healthy Ageing Tips for Men

Let's face it men. We are all getting older. In fact, every man reading this article is older today than they were yesterday, and will be older still tomorrow. Ageing g is an avoidable fact of life. And with ageing comes declining health. But poor health doesn't have to be a consequence of aging. No matter how old you are today, here are some healthy ageing tips to ensure good health as you get older. 

1 - Stop smoking. Not only does smoking greatly increase your chances of developing lung cancer and a variety of other cancers, but it also greatly increases your risk of heart diseases you age. Even if you somehow avoid cancer or heart disease, smoking will still impair your immune system, making you more likely to fall victim to colds, flus, and other unpleasant respiratory diseases. Actually, stop using tobacco in all forms. 

2- Get rid of the beer belly. Even being just a few pounds overweight increases your chances of a variety of ailments, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even type 2 diabetes, among other illnesses. You don't have to develop a "six-pack" but do make losing your beer belly a top health priority. Strive for a flat stomach region. 

3- Greatly reduce your sugar intake. Even if you avoid eating sweets, chances are you are still getting too much sugar in your diet. The modern American diet, filled with processed foods, is absolutely loaded with sugar. As you age, our body's metabolism will naturally slow down, becoming quite inefficient in processing all that sugar, and leading to that beer belly we want to avoid. Be aware of all the extra sugar in your diet by reading food labels. Look especially at the sugar in your condiments (catsup, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, mayonnaise, etc.). Then double or even triple the listed amount per serving because chances are that when you pour on that dressing or whatever, you are using a good bit more than the listed serving size. You may be interested in trying this sugar-free Cave Catsup recipe.

4- Keep your prostate healthy. Many, if not most, men will eventually develop some sort of prostate problem as we get older. To reduce your chances of developing prostate problems, be sure to get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, and consume lots of lycopene rich foods, such as tomatoes, watermelon, and grapefruit, and selenium rich foods, such as Brazil nuts, fish, and seafood. The evidence for herbal supplements, such as saw palmetto and stinging nettle, in treating or preventing prostate problems is mixed at best. Men should have regular check-ups, especially after age 40, in order to catch prostate problems early. 

5- Stay Flexible. Our joints become less flexible as we age, and that inflexibility makes us slower, less mobile, and more prone to falls as we get older. Flexibility and balance training should be part of our daily exercise routine. Try yoga, T’ai chi, or martial arts. Or, just include a variety of stretching exercises in your fitness routine.


Disclaimer: The author of this article is not a medical professional. Nothing in this article is intended as professional medical advice, or to diagnose any particular medical problem. All information presented is meant only as "food for thought" and a starting point for your further investigation. If you are having medical problems, I highly encourage you to seek the advice of a doctor or other medical professional. 


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