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3 Healthy Aging Tips for Men

Following a healthy lifestyle is important for all of us, and the general advice for healthy living applies to both men and women equally. As we age, however, gender may play a larger role in the health issues we experience, and how we address them. If you are a man, consider this information or pass it on to a male loved one!

  1. Lose the extra pounds. Research shows that, among men who are overweight to any degree, losing 5-10% of your body weight can significantly improve your health. Stored body fat acts as an endocrine-system organ, producing hormones that can promote inflammation, diabetes, osteoarthritis and heart-related health issues. Reduce your daily calories by 25% per day; start exercising regularly; eat an anti-inflammatory diet; and practice stress-management techniques.
  2. Keep your prostate healthy: Prostatitis - inflammation of the prostate - can be a painful problem at any age, and the risk of prostate cancer increases about 10 percent per decade beginning at age 60. Get regular checkups, follow a healthy diet, get regular exercise and consume lycopene-rich foods, such as tomatoes and watermelon, to help reduce prostate risks.
  3. Stay flexible. Men’s joints can become less flexible with age, and this inflexibility can lead to falls, a major cause of disability for older people. Flexibility and balance training should be integral parts of your daily fitness routine - try practicing yoga or tai chi to help improve balance and flexibility, and make it a point to incorporate gentle stretching into your daily fitness routine, which can help maintain a full range of motion.

Explore the Men's Health Center for more information on healthy aging for men.

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Reader Comments (3)

Great article... Really enjoyed your video with Kevin and Jesse at Samovar's!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Sellers

It always seems to come back to diet and exercise! It seems that the older we get, the more we are affected by what we eat and how active we are.

Other tips for healthy aging may involve keeping a positive outlook and nurturing the spirit with prayer and helping others.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

I'm looking for great sites to share with others about health and wellness. Looks like I can add another to my list. Keep up the great work!

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFitsU Fitness
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