Men’s Health By Age Range

May 30, 2017

Simple health steps for men in their 20s and 30s

Start a heart-healthy diet and exercise plan

If you don’t do this already, start a heart-healthy diet and exercise plan. Skip the fried and fatty foods and aim for at least half an hour of exercise every day. Eating well and keeping active are the health gifts that keep on giving. If you get into these habits now, the benefits will last a lifetime.


Work on your relationship – with your doctor, that is

Get to know your doctor and let your doctor get to know you. Things to ask now are: What can you do to keep your body and heart strong? How can you best prevent STIs ( sexually transmitted infections)?


Know your family health history

Does heart disease run in your family? What about diabetes? These are important questions to ask your parents and grandparents while you still can. Why not construct a family medical-history tree?


Don’t forget key screening tests

Make sure you carry out monthly self-examinations for testicular cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in young men. Also, talk to your doctor about screening for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. It’s never too early to start protecting your heart and circulation.

All men aged 20 or older should start thinking about getting their blood pressure and cholesterol checked as often as advised by their doctor.

Simple health steps for men in their 40s and 50s

De-stress your life

Mid-life is often a very stressful time for many men, with career, financial and family pressures. And stress is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which hits men at a younger age than women.

Heart disease is the No1 killer of men aged 45 to 54 and now is the time to find ways to get that stress off your back, whether it’s by regular exercise, yoga, meditation or stress-management classes.


Don’t avoid the doctor

Women tend to visit the doctor at least once a year, often for contraception. It’s easy for men to get out of the habit of routine care, but as you reach mid-life this is one habit you should start, not stop. The NHS Health Check, sometimes called a ‘health MOT’, is available to adults in England once they reach 40 to check their heart health and their risk of developing some preventable illnesses.


Deflate the spare tyre

Many men tend to gain weight around the middle as they hit mid-life. Watch it closely. Studies have found that spare tyres trump even general obesity as a predictor of heart disease and diabetes.


Don’t forget key screening tests

Talk to your doctor about diabetes screening, particularly if you are overweight and physically inactive, or have a family member with diabetes. A colonoscopy is recommended at regular intervals if you have a strong family history of bowel cancer.

Simple health steps for men in their 60s and above

Use it or lose it

As we age, it’s important to pay attention to cognitive function and try to stay mentally alert and stimulated. That means keeping your brain busy. Read, do crossword puzzles, socialise, try new hobbies – maybe it’s finally time to learn French.


Strength training: It’s never too late to start

At 65, you may think the heaviest thing you should lift is the remote. Not true. We inevitably lose bone mass and flexibility with age, but regular strength training (with the consent of your doctor, of course) can keep you on your toes, prevent muscles from atrophying and help you avoid falls and other accidents. Studies have shown that men in their 60s and 70s who strength train regularly have muscles that look and perform as well as inactive men in their 20s and 30s.


There’s still time to quit!

If you’ve been trying for years to kick a heart-damaging habit such as smoking or drinking to excess, don’t assume that the damage has already been done, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Further damage can be avoided if you quit now. Studies have shown that people who stop smoking at the age of 65 add almost two years to their lives, reducing their risk of heart disease and lung cancer.


Don’t forget key screening tests

You’ll probably hear a lot about flu jabs, but don’t forget the pneumonia vaccination, which you may be advised to get, too. Stay in touch with your doctor to keep up with regular blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes testing, and take up the offer of bowel cancer screening.