According to statistics, the majority of health problems in men start emerging when they reach the age of 50. At this age, unless it has been done earlier, a man should reconsider his lifestyle, habits and, needless to say, undergo some medical tests to assess his health status. The diseases that most often affect men over 50 include hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes, prostatitis, depression, erectile dysfunction and other conditions that in most cases require serious medicinal treatment.
So in order to continue having active and interesting life men should thoroughly monitor their health. Here are some important health recommendations for men over 50.
Regularly get all the screenings you need.
Screenings are the tests helping detect diseases even before the first symptoms appear. The list of important screenings include high blood pressure test, colonoscopy or stool test for colorectal cancer, screening for depression, high blood sugar and blood cholesterol tests, etc. Once you have the results, talk to your healthcare provider to get proper treatment if required, for example, prescription medications to reduce cholesterol if it’s too high.
Stay physically and sexually active.
Numerous studies prove that greater amounts of physical activity are linked to better blood sugar control, improved mood and decreased risk of heart diseases. Moderate aerobic exercises with low resistance but large number of repetitions are particularly good for men over 50. These are walking, dancing, swimming, hiking, etc. Sexual activity is important as well – it helps maintain prostate health, improves mood and overall health. If you have any problems with erection, discuss with your doctor how to treat erectile dysfunction.
Control your weight and diet.
Following a healthy diet is a great way to decrease the chances of developing many life-threatening diseases like diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular disorders. Reduce your salt consumption, give up smoking and too much alcohol, add more leafy greens, potassium-rich foods, poultry and fish to your diet.