Being a Healthy Man

Being a Healthy Man

The Men At Risk™ has compiled the following information on Being a Health Man.

Being a healthy man isn’t just about dodging illness. It’s about thriving as much as you can, as long as you can, in every way you can. It’s about what goes on your plate, what your body does all day, what happens in your bedroom, and in your mind. Make this guide your launch pad for better health.

Fuel Your Body

Diet and Nutrition tips for Men
Lose the Gut!

Weight Loss for Men: Plan Your Day
High Protein Foods
Eating Out: How to Stick to Your Diet
Related Guide: Healthy Snack Food
Related Guide: Metabolism Boosters
Related Guide: High-Protein Diet for Weight Loss
Overcoming Overeating
Tool: How Weight Loss Diets Measure Up
Related Guide: Weight Loss Tips from Lance Armstrong’s Coach
Tool: BMI Calculator
Muscle Food

Muscle Food
Fitness

Get Started

Fat or Muscle
Related Guide: Benefits of Exercise
Related Guide: Hate Exercise?
Find a Gym: 10 Questions
Video: Personal Trainer: Know What to Look For
Message Board: Online Personal Trainer
Effects of Anabolic Steroids
Get Strong

Workout Tips
Strength Training
Exercises
Get Cut

Helpful tips to Obtain Muscle Definition
Sports Injuries

Sore Muscles
Related Guide: Weekend Warriors: Fight Back!
Related Web Site: Stretch Exercises
Video: Exercises for Stretching Hamstrings and Calves
Video: Stretching Exercises for the Hip and Groin
Sex & Intimacy

Power Sex

Male Sexual Problems
Men’s Guide to Great Sex
Blog: Sexual Responsiveness and Masturbation
Video: Sexercise
Message Board: Sex Question?
Message Board: Online Chat About Sex
Message Board: Online Gay Chat: Find Friends, Ask Questions
The Boys

Penis Enlargement Pills
Related Guide: Penis Implants
Blog: Boxers or Briefs?
Blog: Semen Production: How much is enough?
Blog: Vasectomy Reversals
Low Testosterone
Related Web Site: Testicle Loss
Blog: The Never-Ending Circumcision Debate
Blog: Adult Circumcision
Blog: Penis Enlargement
Message Board: Ask a Urologist
Message Board: Men’s Health Message Board
STD Info

HIV and AIDS Facts: The Basics
Related Guide: STD Symptoms
Related Guide: Condom Quiz
Related Guide: Chlamydia
Related Guide: Genital Warts/HPV
Related Guide: Gonorrhea
Genital Herpes Facts: The Basics
Related Guide: Syphilis
Relationships

Is Solo Sex Hurting Your Relationship?
Related Guide: 10 Secrets to a Better Love Life
Blog: Top 10 Reasons Women Don’t Want Sex
Related Guide: Overcoming Infidelity
Blog: Sexual Addiction: Real or Invented?
Related Guide: Virtual Sex: Threat to Real Intimacy?
Porn Addiction
Blog: Foreplay — Don’t Rush It
Blog: Pornography in Relationships
‘Down Low’: What Is It?
Bad Marriage May Make You Sick
Health Mindfields

Top Threats

Heart Disease
Heart Attack Symptoms
Lung Cancer
Related Guide: Colon Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Stroke
Smoking Cessation
Related Guide: Depression in Men
Below the Belt

Happy, Healthy, and Hard
Related Guide: Erectile Dysfunction
Enlarged Prostate
Prostatitis
Groin Hernia
Jock Itch
Blog: Blood in Semen
Blog: Blood in Urine
Message Board: Ask a Urologist
Message Board: Men’s Health
Medical Musts

Adult Immunizations
Video: Why Men Don’t Go to the Doctor
Related Guide: Medical Tests for Your 20s and 30s
Related Guide: Medical Tests for Your 40s
Related Guide: Medical Tests for Your 50s
Related Guide: Medical Tests for Your 60s and Up
Men’s Health: Tune-Up Schedule
Message Board: Alternative Health Message Board
Emotions & Family

Men’s Minds

Male Menopause
Related Web Site: Men’s Midlife Crisis
Related Web Site: Workplace Wellness
Related Guide: Sex and Depression
Workaholism
Addiction
Talk It Like a Man
Stressed Out

Stress Relief: Bouncing Back
Work Stress
Anger Management
Family

Family
Look Your Best

Skin

Razor Bumps
Related Guide: Shaving: Getting a Close Shave
Related Guide: Wrinkles and Men
Related Guide: Skin Cancer Prevention
Athlete’s Foot
Hair

Men’s Gray Hair
Related Guide: Causes of Hair Loss
Related Guide: Hair Loss Treatments
Style

How a Shoe Should Fit
Related Guide: How to Dress for Exercise
Related Guide: The Laws of American Style
Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery for Men
Related Guide: Breast Reduction for Men

Screenings for Men

Screenings for Men

Routine physical. A routine physical is an ideal opportunity for you to ask questions about your health and for your doctor to recommend ways to remain healthy. However, not everyone needs to see a doctor regularly, especially if you are young and healthy. Routine visits become more important and should occur more frequently after you reach age 50, when the rates of heart disease and cancer increase for most men.

Weight/Body Mass Index (BMI). Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and possibly some types of cancer. Use our BMI calculator to see if you are the right weight for your height. Ideally, your BMI should be between 19 and 24. A BMI of 25 to 29 is considered “overweight,” whereas a BMI of 30 or more is considered “obese.”

Blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your readings are higher than 140/90 milligrams of mercury, your doctor will probably recommend lifestyle changes — exercise and diet — and possibly medications to bring your blood pressure under better control.

Individuals who have readings at the high end of the “normal” range should have their blood pressure checked as often as every six to 12 months.

Cholesterol. High cholesterol also increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you have other risks for heart disease — such as high blood pressure or diabetes — your doctor may recommend checking your cholesterol as often as every one to two years. Others may need their cholesterol checked less often.

If your doctor plans to check your cholesterol, be sure to ask if you need to fast (not eat for six to eight hours) before your blood is drawn.

Diabetes. Diabetes is a common condition that greatly increases your risk of other medical problems, including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and circulatory problems. Screening is the best way to detect diabetes, because many adults who develop diabetes will have few if any symptoms. Screening is particularly important for those at high risk of diabetes, including individuals who:

  • Are obese
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Are from certain ethnic groups, including African-Americans and Native Americans
  • Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol

Prostate Cancer Screening. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men. However, screening for early stages of prostate cancer remains controversial. Men who are older than 50 and younger men with a family history of prostate cancer should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their doctor. The best tests for prostate cancer include the digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen and a PSA Free screening.

Colon cancer screening. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men. All men (and women) older than 50 should be screened regularly for colon cancer. Younger men with a family history of colon cancer should also be screened. Unfortunately, fewer than one-half of Americans at risk undergo regular screening.

There is some controversy about the best way to screen for colon cancer. Some doctors recommend that all individuals undergo colonoscopy, whereas other doctors feel that fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) or sigmoidoscopy (or a combination of the two) are a good alternative. Be sure to discuss these options with your doctor.

Immunizations. Immunizations are a simple and effective way to avoid important infections. In addition to those listed in the table, a number of other immunizations (such as hepatitis B, hepatitis A and Lyme disease) are available. Talk to your doctor about which immunizations are appropriate for you.

Other types of screening. Your doctor may also perform or recommend the following types of screening:

  • A complete skin check to find worrisome moles or early skin cancer
  • A testicular exam to screen for cancer of the testicles
  • An evaluation of the flow of blood in important arteries, such as the ones that carry blood to your brain or to your feet
  • A visit with the ophthalmologist or optometrist to screen for eye problems, such as glaucoma
  • Blood or urine tests to screen for sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia or HIV, especially if you are at high risk
  • Screening for other infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and hepatitis C, especially if you are at increased risk