Men’s Health: Maintaining Long-lasting Health
If you’re a man in your 50s, it’s time to pay even more attention to your health. As your body ages, you may feel less able to exercise as vigorously as when you were younger. But it’s important to stay fit in your 50s and beyond. Tennis, golf, and yoga are low-impact activities that can help keep your body moving and active. Staying active can help you maintain a healthy weight too.
Sleep can sometimes get more challenging after age 50. Try to go to bed a little earlier or get up a little later until you reach the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.
A healthy diet remains essential. Look for foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerel, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna. Peanut butter, eggs labeled as containing omega-3s, walnuts, walnut oil, soybean and canola oil, and flaxseed are more useful sources of these healthy fats.
HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR MEN AGES 50+
SCREENINGS AND EXAMS YOU MAY NEED
- Physical exam that includes:
- Blood pressure check
- Blood test
- Cholesterol screen
- Prostate exam
- Eye disease screening
- Coronary screening
- Type 2 diabetes screening
- Skin check
Every 3 Years
- Osteoporosis screening
- Blood sugar testing (annually if overweight or high-risk)
Every 10 Years
- Colonoscopy (every 5 years if high-risk)
- An electrocardiogram (ECG) test based on certain risks factors: high cholesterol, obesity, family history, etc. When you have an ECG, a doctor or technician attaches leads to your body to measure the electrical activity of your heart. It’s quick, painless, and your doctor checks the printout of your heart’s electrical pattern for any abnormalities.
HEALTH RISKS TO BE AWARE OF
- Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in U.S. men and the second deadliest, after lung cancer. If caught early, it can be cured. Regular screening is recommended.
- Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer among men in the U.S. (second among Hispanic men) and third most deadly. Staying at a healthy weight, not smoking, and eating a healthy diet can lower your risk. Screening, early diagnosis, and treatment can improve outcomes.
- Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading killer of men and is linked to atherosclerosis (fatty build up inside your blood vessels), stroke and heart attack. You may not be able to control all your risk factors, such as a family history of heart disease, but eating healthy, exercising, and managing stress can help.
Eating healthy foods helps lower cholesterol levels and reduces plaque buildup in arteries. It can also help you lose weight and keep high blood pressure under control.
Even though osteoporosis affects four times as many women, the weakening of bones with age can affect men too. Strength training with weights can improve your bone health and lower your risk of fractures later one, but always check with your doctor before you start a more intense workout routine.
Take time to talk with your healthcare provider to make sure you are up-to-date on recommended health screenings and vaccines.