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50 Health Tips Every Man Should Know

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31. Blow your nose the right away

If you have a cold and you are congested, don’t sniffle the mucus back into your head. Blow your nose the proper way, by placing a finger over one nostril while gently blowing the other. Blowing your nose too hard will push phlegm into ear passages, causing an earache.

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32. Minimize your exposure to loud noises

Hearing loss is common as people get older. But men between the ages of 20 and 69 years are about twice as likely to develop auditory issues than women, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Don’t listen to loud music with headphones and wear earplugs for protection during activities that expose you to loud noises.

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33. Get tested for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. The condition causes an inflammation in the liver that limits the organ’s ability to remove toxins from the body. For reasons not known to scientists, men are less able to fight off the virus than women. Men can prevent contracting the virus by wearing protection during sex, wearing gloves when coming into contact with open wounds, and not sharing toothbrushes or drug paraphernalia.

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34. Stop smoking

In the United States, 15.8% of male adults smoke, compared with 12.2% for women. Lung cancer, one of the health risks from smoking, is the leading cause of death among men in the U.S. Boys start to smoke because of peer pressure or as a form of rebellion. Tobacco-related mortality is one of at least 20 health problems that afflict more men than women.

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35. Know what counts as alcohol

Mehta says men tend to segment alcohol in various categories and don’t include beer as alcohol. Even though beer might not have the alcohol content of other liquors, it still contains alcohol, which should be consumed in moderate quantities. And not all beers are created equal. Some Indian Pale Ales have alcohol content of as much as 20%. Men who drink beer — and men drink more alcohol than women — need to know that beer can pack a wallop.