Did you know that men are less likely to visit a doctor than their female counterparts? In fact, according to a recent study, men are half as likely to have gone to a doctor over a two-year period than women are.
But those doctor’s visits—and taking other steps to promote good health—are vitally important for men. That’s why our team at Qualicare wants to offer some insight into men’s health.
Take Better Care of Your Physical and Mental Health
Because men are less likely to visit a physician until they are in dire need, that means that health conditions, like heart disease or diabetes, are often more severe when they are diagnosed.
The best way to help reduce your risk of certain medical conditions is to keep your health in check by:
Getting in Touch With Your Emotions
There is a fine line that is sometimes walked between men and their emotions. Because most grew up with the saying, “Real men don’t cry,” seeking help for mental health issues can be seen as a sign of weakness.
But it’s actually a sign of strength to seek help if you’re showing signs of anxiety or depression. A doctor can offer a diagnosis, as well as a treatment plan designed to get a man back to feeling his best.
Becoming More Physically Active
Regular physical activity can help men lower their stress level and build stronger bones and muscles. The latter is especially important, because our mobility and balance diminish as we get older and our risk of falling increases. Keeping the bones strong helps limit that risk.
Aim for being physically active at least 30 minutes of each day on most days of the week.
Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Heart disease was long seen as a disease affecting mostly men. And while we know now that’s actually not the case, it’s still important for men to take good care of their hearts.
Regular physical checkups can help ensure your cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure numbers are in a healthy range. You can also take other steps to promote heart health, including not smoking, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, getting plenty of sleep and eating a balanced diet.
Could an in-home care provider help you care for your loved one so that you can take better care of your health? Check out the Qualicare website to learn about the services we offer to help!