Many people know the basic tips it takes to stay healthy: eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, get at least 120 to 150 minutes of aerobic exercise weekly, sleep well, avoid tobacco products and alcohol consumption, and know your health risks. However, there are some differences between how men and women approach personal wellness.

Kirsten Lampe, a physician assistant with AdventHealth Medical Group Primary Care at South Overland Park in Overland Park, Kansas, provides some great tips about how men can stay healthy throughout the year.

According to Lampe, an important first step is staying up-to-date on health screenings and disease prevention by seeing your health care provider annually. For those without an established primary care provider, it’s important to look for one now. Regardless of age, everyone should have regular wellness visits.

“I would encourage men to find a health care provider with whom they feel comfortable sharing their story,” said Lampe. “The more willing you are to share your health history and goals, the better a provider will be able to assist you in meeting those goals and improving your health risks.”

Remember, there’s a high chance your provider has treated many others with the same concern.

To effectively share information with your provider, it’s important to know your family medical history. Lampe finds that men often may not know their medical history, which is critical information needed to identify a person’s risks and help improve their health.

“Our genetics greatly influence our overall health,” said Lampe. “If you can, it is important to openly speak with your family members about their past and current health issues. Make sure to get specifics. Write it down, keep it somewhere safe and share it with your children and health care provider.”

Another important part of your overall health is your mental health, which is just as important as physical health. According to Lampe, men often hide emotions in part due to society and cultural norms.

“It is alarming how many men feel ashamed to seek medical help when they are struggling with thoughts of sadness, depression, hopelessness, anxiety or worry,” said Lampe. “Never feel ashamed about having these thoughts, but instead be open about it.”

Our mental health is also greatly influenced by sleep habits. Speak with your provider if you are sleeping less than seven hours per night and feel fatigued when you wake. Not only does lack of sleep negatively affect our emotions, but your insomnia could be due to an underlying illness.

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