In honour of all the men in our world and in recognition of the distinct pressures that men often feel, this blog focuses on male health. Here are a few ways that men can focus on themselves and support their body and mind.
Exercise is important for everyone, but especially for men who are likely to increase in body mass and have declining cardiovascular health as they age. Whether you enjoy cycling <link to cycling blog>, golf, football, or more gentle outdoor pursuits, exercising and being outdoors is really good for your mood. Moving around gets oxygen to your brain as well as boosting endorphins: the feel-good hormone!
Get a prostate check-up
The prostate is a small gland that surrounds the tube that carries urine out of the body. 1 in 3 men over 50 have the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and often this causes no additional problems. Checking your prostate and visiting your GP if you have signs such as difficulty starting or stopping urinating, a weak flow of urine, or straining whilst peeing is a good idea.
Keep in tune with your body.
Keeping fit and eating healthily can work wonders but men should keep in touch with their bodies and recognise when something changes. Look out for the following common symptoms and if you experience any of these, speak to your GP for guidance. Of course, having these symptoms does not mean you have diabetes or any other condition, so try not to worry – just be aware and have it checked out.
- Increased urination
- Difficulty starting or stopping urination.
- Lower back pain
- Swollen testicles
- Abdominal pain especially when coughing.
- Blood in your stool
- Cold sweats at night
- Sudden unexplained weight loss or weight gain
Good nutrition, healthy hydration
As we move on from the growth phase of our lives, we are likely to need fewer calories and different nutrients. Review what you eat and what you drink to ensure your body is ready for the next stage of your life – be it starting a family or moving towards middle or old age. Our nutritionists for a personal consultation but at a minimum consider reducing or eliminating too much sugar, processed foods and alcohol. And always remember to keep hydrated!
If you would like to talk to us about men’s health in general, or a specific physical or mental condition, book an initial consultation with an OsteoAllies osteopath in Fetcham, Hitchin or London here. Read our blog about the importance of a healthy mind too.