Here are five simple tips that all men can do to improve
their health and wellbeing.
Last week it was International Men's Day which shined a light on
the many health issues facing men today.
But the truth is, men need to look after their health every
single day. Here are five simple things all men can do to improve
their health and wellbeing and live healthier, better lives.
Have regular check-ups
Even if you feel healthy, regular health checks like blood
pressure, blood sugar levels and prostate checks are essential to
catch any problems early and stay in good health.
Your mental health is just as important. Seeking help for mental
health issues, including depression and anxiety, can be
annual cycle of care is a checklist for reviewing your diabetes
management and general health. It helps you stay on track with your
health and reduce your risk diabetes-related complications.
Reduce alcohol use
The harmful use of alcohol killed nearly 3 million people in
2016; 75% of whom were men.
Drinking too much, or too often, increases your immediate risk
of injury, road crashes and violence.
It can also cause longer-term effects like liver damage, cancer
and heart disease.
Harmful use of alcohol can affect your mental health and has a
negative impact on your family and the people around you. Check out
our factsheet on
alcohol and diabetes.
Tobacco use causes cancer, lung disease, heart disease and
stroke and kills more than 7 million people across the world every
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your
Within 2-12 weeks, your lung function improves. Within a year,
your risk of heart disease is already half that of someone who
Eating a healthy diet helps prevent diabetes and many other
Try to eat more fruit, vegetables, legumes (e.g. lentils), nuts
and whole grains. Limit the amount of salt, sugar and saturated
Check out our range of information and factsheets designed to
help you make good choices when it comes to food and healthy
Making health food choices
Healthy meal ideas
Hints for healthy cooking
Be more active
1 in 4 people aren't active enough.
Adults should do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day which
adds up to 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity physical activity a
Physical activity helps you maintain a healthy weight, reduce
the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer and can help
beat depression too.
factsheet on the benefits of physical activity which includes
tips and tricks for including more movement in your day.