What Men Should Know at All Ages to Keep Healthy

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Ahmer Farooq, MD

Men have different needs as they grow older. It is important for men to take control of their health by eating healthy, exercising and prioritizing meeting with their healthcare provider.

It's key to establish care with a primary care provider or men's health specialist to take their first step in prioritizing preventive health. There are also many lifestyle tips, recommendations and screenings that men should adopt in each age group that will help them take control of their health.

Men in their 20s:
At a younger age, it can be difficult to adopt healthy habits. For most men, their 20s is the peak of their physical health. Making good lifestyle choices is key to maintaining a man's health for the rest of their life.

Men in their 20s should ask their doctor to screen for:
- High cholesterol
- Testicular cancer

Men in their 30s:
A man's 30s can be an exciting and stressful time. It's important to keep a clean and healthy diet because their metabolism can slow down. It's also important to make sure they are keeping up with physical exercise. Activities such as yoga and Pilates can help maintain and increase flexibility.

Men in their 30s should ask their doctor to screen for:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Testicular cancer

Men in their 40s:
For men in their 40s, they may notice changes in their appearance and health. Their heart and bones can me impacted in many ways. Because of this, it's important to incorporate physical activities that will help build muscle, such as strength training. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep is also key, as well as staying hydrated and limiting alcohol consumption.

Men in their 40s should ask their doctor to screen for:
- Diabetes
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid disease
- Prostate cancer (if they have a family history)

Men in their 50s:
Men may notice many changes in their 50s. It is common to notice hair loss, weight gain and fluctuations in libido due to a dip in testosterone. Getting involved in low impact exercises such as yoga, golf and weight training can be beneficial. Having a good diet will not only help men keep off the extra pounds, but it can also help slow down the aging process and help prevent many diseases. They should keep their health care provider updated with any changes such as change in sexual function, eyesight and muscle mass.

Men in their 50s should ask their doctor to screen for:
- Blood pressure
- Colon cancer
- Diabetes
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Prostate cancer

No matter what age, it is vital that men make their health a priority in order to live a healthy and happy life. They should have regularly scheduled visits with their primary care physician and put their health first.