Happy Father’s Day to our male readers! This post is a tribute to men’s health, to keep all of our father figures happy and healthy. We’ve all heard people joke that men never want to ask for directions, and studies show that includes directions from healthcare providers. Men are four times less likely to visit a healthcare provider than women, but unfortunately this isn’t because men are healthier. It’s a well-known fact that women generally outlive men; this is in part due to lack of preventive healthcare. Make this the year to be proactive with your health!
Check out this great link (men and women) to find guidelines for checkups and screenings. The great news is you don’t have to have a colonoscopy every year!!
Nutrition is important for everyone but there are a few key nutrients that men should not miss. Healthy eating can reduce risk for prostate cancer, keep the mind sharp, and lower the chance for heart disease (#1 cause of death for men in all races).
- Lycopene – this antioxidant is a super food for fighting prostate cancer and heart disease. Tomatoes are the biggest source of lycopene, especially cooked tomato products such as tomato sauce, tomato paste, canned/jarred salsa, tomato soup, and ketchup.
- Potassium – a diet rich in potassium can lower blood pressure. Choose fruits - oranges, strawberries, and mangos; veggies – potatoes, tomatoes, and spinach; beans and peas; and low fat dairy products.
- Calcium – this is often thought of as a nutrient for women but it’s just as important for men. Calcium can improve bone health and can lower blood pressure. Make sure to choose low fat dairy products such as skim milk, nonfat yogurt, and 2% milk cheese. Adult men need 1000 mg calcium daily. If you choose to take a supplement, make sure to pick one that contains Vitamin D too.
Here’s some pictures of a few men in my life that I want to keep healthy!
My Dad with my daughter at my niece’s wedding, her “pappy”!
My family on a recent vacation; I make sure my son goes to his well child visits and my husband had a physical this year! It helps to have a nagging woman in your life!