The biggest killer of men by far is cardio-vascular disease (according to The National Heart Foundation, it accounts for 34% of deaths) and the prevention of this range of ailments can never start too early. Aside from hereditary factors, adequate exercise, a healthy diet, supplementation as required, and not smoking, can all help in forming life-saving habits.
With regard to diet, eating the recommended 2 pieces of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables each day is a great start. Also, decreasing the amount of fat you eat in your diet is important for most people. The average person consumes 43% of their calories from fat. It should be around 30%! Especially avoid trans fatty acids.
Ideally, exercise should consist of at least 30 minutes a day and include both cardio and strength training. This could be made up of 4 -5 cardio sessions per week of cycling, running, brisk walking, dancing, etc, and 2 -3 sessions per week of strength training which should include exercises for the legs, back, chest and core.
Prostate health is something that all men need to be aware of. Symptoms of prostate problems include frequent urination, incontinence, erectile dysfunction and bladder infections. A doctor’s visit is imperative to determine the cause of the problem. The diagnosis could be benign prostate hypertrophy where prostate enlargement causes these symptoms, or possibly prostate cancer.
Diet is emerging as a key factor in determining prostate health. Dietary recommendations are similar to those for heart health, i.e. eat low fat, high fibre foods and foods with omega 3 fatty acids. With regard to omega 3, by far the best option is cold water fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines. If you are lacking in Omega 3, a supplement is generally recommended.
It is essential that men (especially as they age into their 40’s) exercise to stay fit, eat a variety of nutritious foods and pay attention to symptoms if they arise.
These problems are treatable if they are caught early, but leave it too long and the outcome can be very different.