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50 Health Tips Every Man Should Know

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36. Go get that new mole on your skin checked

Moles are growths on the skin that are typically brown or black. Moles in themselves are not cancerous, but they can develop into melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. The rate of melanoma has doubled over the last three decades, according to the CDC. By age 50, men are more likely than women to get melanoma. One possible explanation is that men know less about their skin and therefore don’t protect it as well. They should check their moles frequently and go to a dermatologist to see if the moles change in size and color over time, or have an irregular border.

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37. Check if you have prediabetes

The American Diabetes Association estimates that in 2015, 84.1 million Americans 18 and older had pre-diabetes. Having this condition doesn’t mean you will get diabetes. However, the risk of insulin resistance (when cells become resistant to the action of insulin — the hormone that moves sugar) for men rises when their waistline exceeds 40 inches. The risk of prediabetes increases after age 45, as we exercise less, lose muscle mass, and gain weight. Family history and genetics also play a role in prediabetes. You can prevent prediabetes by eating healthier foods, being more physically active, losing weight, and watching your cholesterol and blood pressure. These are 10 warning signs you might have diabetes.

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38. Lose the belly fat

Belly fat in men is a serious problem. It is not just an added midsection cushion known as subcutaneous fat, it is also visceral fat, which is deeper inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs. If a man’s waist measurement exceeds 40 inches, that is an indication of too much belly fat. This can lead to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. To reduce belly fat, men should eat a healthy diet with a focus on plant-based foods and fish, while limiting dairy and meat intake. They should practice food portion control; avoid sugary beverages; and get more exercise.

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39. Take a hydration break from drinking

There is an old joke about drinking beer: you don’t buy it, you rent it. That means that when you’re drinking a lot with your pals — and men drink more than women — you are urinating frequently because alcohol is a diuretic, and urinating often can lead to dehydration. That can contribute to some hangover symptoms, such as thirst and dry mouth. So if you’re drinking heavily, take a break and drink water between drinks and have a big glass of H2O before you go to bed.

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40. Lift weights

Testosterone is a hormone mainly produced in men by the testicles. It helps maintain bone density, body hair, and muscle mass. Once men pass 40 years old, they lose about 1% of their testosterone per year. A natural way to build it up is through weight training, such as multi-joint exercises that focus on the largest muscle groups. Those exercises include squats, bench presses, and push-ups.

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