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There are many ways a man can now use a home tests kit to measure his health. Men's health issues are talked about much more than they used to be. Whether it's on TV, on the Internet or in magazines, there's plenty of info about men’s health. Men are just as concerned as the ladies about their health as well as appearance, even if it's hard to get them to the doc or throw away their favorite ripped shorts.

Keeping fit also means having a healthy sex life

Everyone knows the importance of a healthy lifestyle and all men should exercise on a regular basis, eat the right foods, drink in moderation and have a yearly health checkup.  It's so easy to become complacent about your health especially as you get older. You may blame lack of exercise on a busy lifestyle which can also be an excuse for eating junk food. We've all been there! Or drinking to excess can also quickly become a habit that can over time cause major health problems such as:-

  • Damage to the liver
  •  Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Erectile dysfunction (It's not easy for a man to come to terms with or admit to erectile dysfunction, right guys? Not being able to get or sustain an erection can be very embarrassing.) This problem can come and go, however there is a range of causes both physical and psychological. Many health factors can be the reason for erectile dysfunction like:-
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Prostate disease
  •  Multiple sclerosis
  •  Depression and stress

Another important thing to do is keep your cholesterol in check and lowering a high cholesterol count can lower the risk of heart disease and strokes, two of the biggest killers in men today. It isn't always easy eating the right things especially if you’re a lover of foods high in saturated fat. Meat pies, sausages, cheese, and fatty cuts of meat might be very tempting but hang on, what about your cholesterol level? Foods like eggs, kidneys and prawns are good for your cholesterol while fruit and vegetables are a must.

Keeping fit also means having a healthy sex life which includes being safe. Most men now know the importance of wearing a protective condom when having sex especially with a different or new partner. But wait a minute, you’ve had one too many, are ready for a good time so goodbye condom and the next day it may be time to worry about sexually transmitted infections or STIs. STIs can be passed on during vaginal sex, anal as well as oral sex. Even if you have no telltale signs or symptoms within a couple of weeks of an unprotected sexual encounter, it's important to be tested for:-

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital herpes
  • Genital warts
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis
  • HIV infection and Aids

And now don't forget to get moving. Even a 30 minute brisk walk every day will help to keep your ticker strong and your body in better shape. Try and do at least some type of exercise once a week whether it's jogging, swimming, tennis or working out in the gym.  Heart disease is a major problem for many men and is often fatal. One of the best ways to keep heart disease at bay is by exercising. It's essential to remain vigilant about your health and don't ignore symptoms if you're worried about something.

Men's Health Test Kits at home:-

If you haven't the time or are reluctant to go to the doctors initially, there are a number of men's health home test kits you can buy online. They are affordable, easy to use and a confidential way to find out about your health at home. Test yourself for blood pressure, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, cholesterol levels, food allergies, anemia, and vitamin and nutrition deficiency. Please always consult a physician if you find results you are not sure about or test positive for a condition. Look after your body and your body will look after you!

 

He Said She Said... "You fail all the time, but you aren't a failure until you start blaming someone else" Bum Phillips

Men's Health

Whether you are a boy or a man, taking charge of your health means looking after both body and mind. Men’s health is more talked about these days and if you need more information and resources on what to do to live a healthier lifestyle and to read about men only topics, click on the links below.  

Real men and their stories: Depression in Men: www.nimh.nih.gov

Men’s Health network: www.menshealthnetwork.org

American Society for Men’s Health: www.asmhnet.org

An Interview about Hormone Fluctuations in Men: www.medicinenet.com 

American Sexual Health Association: www.ashasexualhealth.org