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50 Health Tips Every Man Should Know

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26. Ask about cancer screenings

Cancer screenings are crucial to men’s health because screenings can detect the disease in its early stages, even before symptoms of the disease manifest themselves. Among the cancers that can be screened are prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer, and testicular cancer, which impacts men most frequently between the ages of 20 and 54.

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27. Vary your workouts to build muscle

The body starts to lose muscle mass after the age of 30, and inactive people can lose up to 5% of muscle mass over a 10-year period. Ideally, you want to replace what’s lost by working out and being more active because it helps keep you fit and strong. Less muscle could result in less agility, which could increase the risk of falls and fractures. To build muscle you need to do strength training, which includes resistance training — either weight lifting or body-weight exercises. Muscle also plays an important role in controlling metabolism, which is one of the best ways to lose weight or keep it off as you age.

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28. Strengthen your core

The average waist circumference for men in this country has crept up by more than an inch over the years, from 39 to 40.2 inches, according to recent statistics from the CDC. Belly fat is dangerous because it includes visceral fat, which is fat stored in the abdomen near the liver, pancreas, and intestines. The extra fat around the waist increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea. This and other reasons are why you should worry about your waist more than your weight.

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29. Find out if you’re snoring

Men snore more than women. Part of the reason is the physiological difference — men are born with narrower air passages than women. But it is also lifestyle. Men tend to drink more alcohol and smoke more than women. This exacerbates snoring because alcohol relaxes the muscles around the throat, and smoking contributes to inflammation around the airways. Also, more men are obese than women, and excessive weight gain can increase the odds of snoring because it leads to poor muscle tone and adds tissue to the neck and throat. (These are the world’s most overweight countries.)

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30. Drink green tea to help lower the risk of prostate cancer

There is some evidence suggesting that green tea may help prevent prostate cancer. Green tea contains polyphenols, which help the production of healthy microbes in the colon. Polyphenols include the antioxidant catechins, which some studies have shown protects against cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer, including prostate cancer. In the United States, about 11% of all men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, though most who are diagnosed with it will not die from it.

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