How can men stay healthy as they get older?

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Since heart disease, specific cancers and stroke are the top three leading causes of death among American males, what men may be eating, or unfortunately, not eating enough of, may be detrimental to their long-term health. A nutrient-rich diet and a healthy lifestyle are the best combination for males to eat to beat these diseases.

Parents with young boys please take note: When it comes to making healthy dietary changes to prevent these diseases, the earlier the changes are made, the better.

It's important for both men and women to eat a healthy diet and exercise as often as possible. As you age, increasing weight-bearing exercise and fiber intake can also help.

Dr. Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Practitioner

It starts with simple things like a healthy diet, regular exercise, not smoking and limiting alcohol intake to less than 2 drinks per day. A healthy diet should include at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables per day and limited fatty and processed foods. A healthy diet also includes sources of vitamin D and calcium. Maintaining a healthy weight for your size is important (you can determine your healthy weight by using an online BMI calculator). You should see your doctor once per year for regular checkups.

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