Men can be safer, stronger, and healthier at work, home, and play by following these daily steps and getting care when needed:
Learn Your Family Health History
Family history might influence your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer. Your doctor or nurse can assess your risk of disease based on your family history and other factors.
Know and Understand Your Numbers
You may know your favorite team's stats, but what about your own? Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI). These numbers can provide a glimpse of your health status and risk for certain diseases and conditions.
Use safety equipment along with the proper tools. Take precautions to prevent injury. Use chemicals and other hazardous substances with care.
Work with Your Doctor or Nurse to Stay Healthy
Get check-ups. Some men say, "I feel fine." To them that means they must be healthy and don't need to get a checkup. See your doctor or nurse for regular check-ups, and go more often if needed. Get vaccinated. Take a few minutes to find out if you are at risk for any of the diseases that can be prevented by immunization.
Pay Attention to Signs and Symptoms
If you have symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away. Keep in mind that a physical exam, screening, or test may be needed to correctly diagnosis and treat a problem.
Take Daily Action to Improve your Health
Get enough sleep. Gear up. Wear seat belts as a driver and a passenger. Wear proper equipment for playing sports. Eat what counts. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol. Choose healthy snacks. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Inhaling other people's smoke causes health problems similar to those of smokers.