PREVENTATIVE HEALTH

PREVENTATIVE HEALTH ACTIONS YOU CAN EASILY TAKE…

  • The best thing that New Zealand men can do about their health is to get proactive.
  • By taking preventative action you reduce the danger of major health risks including type 2 diabetes.
  • Every positive change is a step towards better and longer lasting health and happiness.

Talk About It

  • Start an open discussion about health with your friends and family. It’s easy.
  • Be honest, not staunch. Your health directly affects others.
  • Get an annual warrant of fitness check up with your GP. Talk things through with him or her.

Here are some simple steps to start

  1. Visit a GP and know your family history
  • Maybe the easiest and most effective way to take care of your health is by getting to know a GP and having a check-up once a year. Think of it as warrant of fitness for your body.
  • Your GP can:
    • Check for all age appropriate health risks,
    • Answer any questions you may have about your health and
    • Outline what steps you can take to make sure you stay healthy for the future.
  • You can also visit a pharmacy as your local pharmacist is an easily accessible first step towards looking after your health.
  • Participating Unichem and Life pharmacies offer you free Men’s Health health checks which includes free blood pressure checks during the month of June.
  • Family history is important, showing you directly the issues which have counted against your family (and your DNA) in the past.
    • Monitoring your health regularly means you’re more likely to catch any health issues early and give yourself the best chance.
  1. Measure your blood
  • Blood pressure and high cholesterol can be a key indicator for a range of illnesses, including type 2 diabetes.
    • There are 40 new diabetes diagnoses in New Zealand every day and one in four New Zealanders is estimated to have pre-diabetes.
    • A person’s risk of progressing from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes can be roughly halved if they lose weight, change their diet, increase exercise and/or have drug treatment.
  • Get an annual heart and diabetes check.
    • Participating Unichem and Life pharmacies are offering free blood pressure checks throughout the month of June.
  1. Get regular exercise
  • The benefits of regular exercise can be huge for physical, mental and sexual health.
  • Research shows that higher levels of physical activity can reduce cardiovascular disease, help fight depression, help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and improve sexual function.
  • By getting into a routine that includes 30 minutes of physical exercise a day, you are well on the way to ensuring your health for the future.
  • Here’s 10 very real benefits you can get from moderate regular exercise
  • Who knew? Weight training drops more kilos than cardio, and stretching can actually reduce your performance…. 7 fitness myths debunked

 

  1. Healthy eating
  • Eating well is important for both your mental and physical health. You need to know what foods to eat, in what quantities, and what foods to avoid.
  • A balanced diet means eating a wide variety of healthy foods including plenty of vegetables, fruit and cereals (like bread, rice and pasta), some lean meat, chicken or fish, dairy products (milk, yoghurt, cheese) and lots of water.
  • It’s a good idea to avoid fatty foods and foods with lots of sugar in them.
  • It can be hard to change your diet, so the best way to do it is to try and make small changes over time, and eat healthy foods that you enjoy.
  • A nutritionist can also offer you advice and support and can design a personalised nutrition and fitness programme for you.

 

  1. Healthy thinking
  • Depression affects one in eight men at any time. If it hasn’t got you, it’s got someone you know well.
  • The challenge is to realise when you are getting overwhelmed and knowing how to get help. Recognising the symptoms of depression can be the first step to beating it.
  • Symptoms of depression include tiredness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest in work or other activities. Other things to look out for as risk factors include family history of mental illness, excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, stress, unemployment and chronic illness.
  • Remember that there are services out there to help you or you can chat with your GP.

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      1. Stop smoking – it’s the only healthy option
      • Smoking causes more deaths every year in New Zealand than road crashes, suicide, skin cancers, drowning and homicide combined.
      • It is no secret that if you are a smoker, it increases your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a range of cancers and other diseases.
      • Quitting is the only healthy option. Your body has an amazing ability to recover from the effects of smoking after you quit.
        • After 24 hours the carbon monoxide in your blood will have dropped dramatically and all the nicotine will have been metabolized.
        • Within a year of quitting the risk of coronary heart disease is halved
        • After 10-15 years of not smoking, your risk of disease will be the same as for those who have never smoked

There are a number of services available for those who want to quit – speak to your GP or nurse, call Quitline on 0800 778 778 for help or visit the website www.quit.org.nz

 

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