Five tips for men to improve their health

This year, International Men’s Day shone 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 glucose 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 critical.

The diabetes 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.

Quit smoking

Tobacco use causes cancer, lung disease, heart disease and stroke and kills more than 7 million people across the world every year.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. 

Within 2-12 weeks, your lung function improves. Within a year, your risk of heart disease is already half that of someone who smokes.

Eat better

Eating a healthy diet helps prevent diabetes and many other chronic conditions. Try to eat more fruit, vegetables, legumes (e.g. lentils), nuts and whole grains. Limit the amount of salt, sugar and saturated fats.

Check out our range of information and factsheets designed to help you make good choices when it comes to food and healthy eating:

Making health food choices

Healthy meal ideas

Health snacks

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 week.

Physical activity helps you maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer and can help beat depression too.

Read our factsheet on the benefits of physical activity which includes tips and tricks for including more movement in your day.

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