Special Report

50 Health Tips Every Man Should Know

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21. Lay off the red meat

Red meat plays a big role in cardiovascular disease, and men tend to eat more red meat than women, according to Mehta. Still, heart disease is the number-one killer in both women and men. These are several other dangerous things experts links to heart disease.

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22. Eat plenty of fiber

Eating fiber is good for you. It benefits your digestion and cuts the risk of chronic diseases. It also helps lower your cholesterol. High cholesterol levels are linked to increased risk of heart attack. But recent research has shown that cholesterol and a favorite food for breakfast don’t increase the risk of stroke.

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23. Get some sleep finally

Adults between the ages of 26 and 64 need 7 to 9 hours of sleep. But we’re not getting enough shuteye, according to the National Sleep Foundation, which says the average adult gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep can affect your emotional well being and the health of your brain and heart as well impact your immune system, mental acuity, and the ability to handle stress.

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24. Floss to lower risk of cancer and impotence

Studies have shown that periodontal disease is higher among men than women. One factor that might explain this is that men tend to go to the dentist less frequently than women. Periodontal disease is associated with cardiovascular disease because both conditions are inflammatory. Also, men with periodontal disease may be at increased risk of impotence because a prolonged inflammatory condition can damage blood vessels. Additionally, men with chronic gum disease are more likely to develop cancer.

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25. Know your family’s medical history

Lifestyle is one factor that can affect the risk of many diseases, but it’s not the only one. Genetics is crucial, too, and there’s nothing you can do about it except be aware of it. Knowing what medical conditions may run in the family may help determine whether you or future generations of your family are at risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and even hair loss. This is valuable information you can use to adjust your lifestyle so you minimize the risk of developing any of these conditions.