5 Men’s Health Tips for Father’s Day
Father’s Day is happening on June 21 this year, it is a great opportunity to remind the men in your life that you appreciate them, and you want the best for them. Which also means it is important to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems among men.
According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the top leading killers of Malaysian men are:
- Heart Diseases
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (COPD)
In men, fat distribution will typically surround the abdomen, leading to a high risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. And unlike most women, men often believe that they “feel fine”, there is no reason to seek medical care or check-up.
In this Father’s Day, let us remind our Dads and help them to be the healthiest man he can be with these essential health and wellness tips. And so that you can continue to enjoy many more celebrations together!
- Schedule an annual check-up
It is important to practice preventative healthcare. Do not let your dad get away with making excuses for putting off a doctor’s visit. Schedule and visit the doctor with him to understand his health conditions better.
- Ensure enough sleep
Does your dad get enough quality sleep? Sleep problems in the elderly are often mistakenly considered “normal”. As some common health conditions may disrupt sleep in older adults, such as heart and lung diseases; irregular sleep hours, consumption of alcohol before bedtime, and sleep with lights on maybe a cause too. Make sure your dad’s room is comfortable, dark, and quiet to get a good quality sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours per night before midnight.
- Stop smoking
If your dad is a smoker, getting him to be committed to kick their smoking habit will lower the risk for cancer, COPD, and other smoking-related illnesses. Support them by helping them to stay away from triggers like alcohol, smokers, or places that will trigger their desire to smoke. It is important to remember that after a lifetime of doing something, stopping is bound to be a challenge. Get through it one day at a time and slowly cutting back is the best approach.
- Exercise more
Exercise not only helps in reducing stress, but there are also many health benefits of exercise for seniors. Maintaining regular physical activities can help prevent many common diseases, improve mental health and cognitive function, and looking fit and younger. On this Father’s Day bring your dad to the park for a walk or tai chi and encourage them to do at least 30 mins daily to turn it into a habit.
- Eat Healthy
Nutrition has a huge impact on the physical health and wellbeing of older adults. Eating a variety of foods from all food groups can help supply the nutrients a person needs as they age. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy; includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Ensure their diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars.
Written by: Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)
[Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics (major) &
Food Science (minor) lowa State University, USA]