Men's Health

Health Tips

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Every man should maintain a healthy lifestyle, a good diet and take action early when they experience a health issue. This resource page is here to help you enjoy a happy and healthy life.

No matter your age, one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy is to know and track your key health numbers.  Tracking your numbers and keeping them in the healthy range will lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many types of cancer.

The health numbers you should track are:

•    Body Mass Index / Weight
•    Waist line
•    Blood pressure
•    HDL Cholesterol (healthy cholesterol)
•    LDL Cholesterol (unhealthy cholesterol)
•    Blood Glucose (sugar)


To keep your health numbers in check, follow these simple tips for a healthy lifestyle

Family history is one of the most powerful tools to understanding your health. Family history affects your level of risk for some cancers, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, among other illnesses. It all starts with a conversation; talk to your family and take note of illnesses that a direct relative has experienced. Be sure to learn about relatives that are deceased as well.

If you are not already doing some form of exercise, start small and work up to 20 - 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. If you are overweight or want to lose weight then 60 minutes of moderate physical activity is recommended. Stay on the move throughout the day. Every little bit counts – take the stairs instead of the elevator, take a walk during your lunch break, stand instead of sit.

If you do smoke, try to stop! Compared to non-smokers, men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer. About 90% of lung cancer deaths in men in the US are due to smoking. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the US.

If you experience a health issue, take action early. Find a doctor and make an appointment. Speak to your doctor about preventative health checks. Knowing your health numbers is one important action you can take to stay healthy. Ask your doctor about health risks based on your family history.

The quality of your sleep can dictate how much you eat, how fast your metabolism runs, how fat or thin you are, how well you can fight off infections and how well you can cope with stress. Keep a regular pattern of sleep, going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time is key.

Stress, particularly long-term stress, can be the factor in the onset or worsening of poor health. Managing your stress is essential to your health and well-being. Take ‘time out’ each day and go for a walk or do something you find relaxing.

Fill up with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and choose healthy proteins like lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. Eat foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. Drink water instead of beverages that contain a lot of sugar like soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks, or shakes.  Moderation is key, as is eating a wide range of foods to ensure you get a variety of nutrients. The best source of vitamins is from food.

Know and track your Body Mass Index (BMI) and waistline. Your BMI is calculated from your height and weight, the Mayo Clinic provides a good calculator. For men with a waistline over 37 inches the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease and general health problems greatly increases. Balance calories from foods and beverages with calories you burn off by physical activities. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity and being overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and certain cancers.

We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together". Work on your mental wellbeing by staying physically healthy, enjoying a good diet, cutting down on alcohol, regular exercise, and taking time out for fun and relaxation. With the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery from depression so, if you, or someone you know, have been feeling low for a few weeks or months, visit the Doctor.

Alcohol can be part of a healthy balanced diet, but only if consumed in moderation. This means two drinks a day for men, and one drink a day for women (a standard drink is one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits).

While enjoying life in the sun, always wear sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.  Check regularly for changes to your skin with an emphasis on moles. If you’re concerned about any skin changes see your doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment dramatically increase the survival rate from melanoma.


Download Movember's Health Poster with these health tips here.



Movember is committed to helping men and their families stay on top of their health. Below are some useful links for further information and various health support providers.

Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research globally. The PCF is the premiere resource for prostate specific information in the US.
LIVESTRONG Foundation provides support to guide people through the cancer experience, to help them live with and beyond cancer. Through LIVESTRONG’s Cancer Navigation Center, those affected by cancer can receive free one-on-one support online or via phone (855) 220-7777.
Imerman Angels matches a person touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Jonny Imerman, founder, is a testicular cancer survivor who created Imerman Angels with the belief that no one should have to fight cancer alone and without the necessary support.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The website provides cancer facts, advice and support.
The American Heart Association promotes healthier living, free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Their website offers tips on nutrition, exercise and stress management.
Department of Health & Human Services helps you create and track your “Family Health Portrait” for free. The key to understanding your health is knowing your family’s history and health risks.
Mental Health America strives to educate the general public about the realities of mental health and mental illness. This is a valuable resource for learning about different types of mental illness and how to seek treatment.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 33,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world.
The National Institute of Mental Health strives to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

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