If you were to bake a cake and only used flour, you would have one disappointing dessert. In fact, not only does grandma’s baking require a whole array of ingredients, it demands the right quantities combined with the best timing and finesse. At this point, you’ve caught on—there is no secret ingredient when it comes to your health. If there was a cookbook for longevity, the recipe for men’s health would read as follows:
An ounce of prevention: Most men are not very reliable when it comes to seeing their primary care physician on a regular basis. Your doctor can often detect health concerns before they become symptomatic (or worse). Of course, receiving that “good bill of health” from your doctor does not give you free reign until next year. Rather, this office visit should reinforce practicing a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis.
Several pounds of exercise: Consistency always trumps intensity. Variety will help keep you coming back for second helpings. For instance, combine flexibility and strength training with varying intensities of aerobic exercise throughout the week.
Three cups of balanced meals: Countless fad diets come and go. Many of these dietary trends are not sustainable. The best eating habits are based on the appropriate number of daily calories of unprocessed foods that include a diversity of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and lean proteins.
A pinch of this and a palmful of that: Much like yeast being needed for bread to rise, we require adequate sleep to function. When sleep-deprived, we are more susceptible to heart disease, a weakened immune system, and life-threatening accidents. Rest also helps us deal with the physical and emotional stressors in life. Embracing meaningful connections with family, friends, and co-workers will further allow us to manage this stress. So, grab a mixing bowl. Start with an eight-hour helping of sleep. Stir in some exercise to create the right consistency. Skim any stress that may have collected on the surface.
Finally, add a balanced diet to taste. Then bake at 98.6 degrees for 80 years.
Look for my article on “Back to School: How Men Can Boost Their Family’s Health” in the next issue.
Scott D. Miller, MD, is the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He is a urologist with WellStar Urology in Roswell and has practiced in
Atlanta for over 20 years. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers the Know Your Heart Screening that can determine your risk of heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions.
Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to learn more or schedule an appointment.
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