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Maintaining Your Health

It’s extremely important for men to understand the risk factors of their overall health. Many health conditions can be prevented or treated if detected early enough.

The most common health problems which affect men and their risk factors include:

Prostate cancer:

Excessive alcohol intake.

Having a diet which is high in fat and low in fiber.

Smoking.

Being overweight.

Lack of exercise.

Testicular cancer:

Abnormal testicular development.

Age.

Family history.

Colon cancer:

Diabetes.

Obesity.

Radiation therapy for cancer.

Inflammatory intestinal conditions.

Age.

High blood pressure:

Too much sodium in your diet.

Stress.

Obesity.

Not being physically active.

Family history of high blood pressure.

Heart disease:

High cholesterol.

Smoking.

Diabetes.

A diet which is high in fat.

High blood pressure.

Gert Coetzee, pharmacist and developer of The Diet Everyone Talks About, advises men to start becoming proactive when it comes to their health and well-being. Below he gives some hints and tips on how men can maintain their health:

  • Eat a healthful, balanced diet incorporating vegetables and lean protein.

  • Moderate your sugar intake.

  • Exercise regularly – being active helps you release endorphins, helping you feel good and fresh.

  • Make sure you maintain a healthy weight because men who are overweight often have low testosterone levels.

  • Find a good stress reliever. You can go for a run/jog, go to the gym, play a sport of your choice or go hiking.

  • Pay attention to your alcohol consumption because the amount you drink can have a serious effect on your health.

  • Visit your doctor for regular blood tests and physical examinations which can help detect health problems before they become major.

  • Eat natural anti-inflammatory foods such as fish, ginger, green leafy vegetables and drink green tea.

  • Maintain normal cholesterol levels by having a diet that is high in fibre.

  • If you get injured, allow your body to heal before getting back into being physically active.

  • Regular sleep and drinking a lot of water can work wonders for your body.

For more information about The Diet Everyone Talks About, and where it is offered in your area visit www.the-diet.co.za

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