When was the last time that you had a health check?
Men can be great caretakers – routinely washing and waxing the car, meticulously trimming weeds from the garden and doing overtime to support the family. But when it comes to taking care of themselves they often overlook their own health and general health checks aren’t always a priority for them. Research shows that men in Australia are less likely to visit a doctor than women, and address their health concerns until they become chronic. Early detection is the key. We offer health checks and natural supplements that may assist in managing and reducing the risk of some common men’s health conditions:
About 1 in 7 Australian men over 40 years of age will suffer from prostate problems. The most common is prostate enlargement. Although not usually life-threatening, it can make going to the toilet (urination) difficult and life uncomfortable. However, not all urination problems are caused by the prostate, so it’s important to see your doctor for regular checks. A supplement containing saw palmetto may help improve the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, and antioxidants including lycopene and zinc may help maintain a healthy prostate.
Men are more likely than women to suffer from conditions affecting the cardiovascular system. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Taking an Omega 3 supplement may help support a healthy cardiovascular system, assist heart health, maintain a normal LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio and triglyceride levels within the normal range.
Feeling stressed for a long period of time can put pressure on your body, especially your nervous system and adrenal glands leaving you feeling tired and stressed. When our bodies are forced to withstand the demands of intense physical or emotional stress our requirements for vitamins, especially the B group, increases. Taking a supplement containing B vitamins may help you cope with stress.
For further advice on what supplements could best suit your needs, speak to our Pharmacist and friendly staff. Remember to mention if you are on any other medication as there can be contradictions with natural supplements.
TOP Health Tips for Men
- Exercise regularly
Being physically active has significant health benefits, including reducing the risk of some chronic conditions, helping to control weight and improving mental wellbeing. The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week.
- Fruit and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals and fibre that help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. You should eat 2 serves of fruit and at least 5 serves of vegetables every day selecting ones from all colours of the rainbow to ensure you consume a broad range of nutrients.- 1 serve of fruit = approximately 150g fresh fruit or 50g dried fruit- 1 serve of vegetables = approximately ½ cup cooked vegetables or one cup raw vegetables- Maintain a healthy weightBeing overweight or obese increases a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and/or Type 2 diabetes3. Speak to us for a healthy weight management program.
- Cut back on alcohol
Regular intake of alcohol can increase blood pressure, cholesterol and also weight. Limiting your intake will also help prevent inflammation or irritation to the prostate.
- Get a health check
Ask our staff or Pharmacists today about the health checks we offer.