- Age 30 – 39
- Age 40 – 49
- Age 50 – 64
- Age 65+
- Do it. You’re Ready
The reality: It’s never that easy. Just when you’ve got this life thing figured out, your body starts asking questions you don’t know how to answer. Fear not. We’ve got the answers.
Growing old isn’t easy. Know what is easy? Ignoring health symptoms and pretending nothing’s wrong. All of us know someone who could have gotten healthy had he listened to the heart condition or cancer symptoms he was experiencing. Don’t take the stubborn way out – you’ve got people who care about you. Man Up and be proactive. Here’s how:
Know the risk: Smoking, alcohol, obesity, family history… What’s your risk? If you smoke, we’ll put this in all caps. STOP. You don’t have superhuman lungs. The habit is killing you, and it will end your life too early if you don’t quit. And if you have family history of heart disease or cancer: Tell your doctor.
Make the right moves: Tired of hearing this? Eat right and exercise. Well, there’s a reason why we keep saying it. The 50s and 60s are a time of exercise transition, not exercise elimination. If you need a little guidance on better diet or age-appropriate exercise, all you have to do is ask.
Do it once a year: Heart and cancer screenings are absolutely vital at this point in your life. The earlier a life-threatening disease is caught, the better your chances of defeating it. Your annual physical is a great place to start. Schedule your physical. Do it… You’re ready.
What’s more important: the size of your HDTV or the results of you heart and cancer screenings? Uh, you know what we’re going to say, right? You’ve got to make sure you’re on top of these:
• Normal BP (lower than 120/80) – get tested every 2 years.
• High BP (between 120/80 and 139/89) – get tested every year.
• Very High BP (over 140/90) – discuss treatment with your doctor.
Good news: Your annual physical will knock out the first three items in one visit. Request a physical now.
Maybe you don’t know everything… but you’re close. Here are a few interesting health nuggets to get you a little closer.
Great thing about these quick, multiple-choice quizzes – no matter how many answers you get right, you still come out ahead. You know, that whole knowledge-is-power thing. Man enough to test yourself?
Quiz 1: Think you’re really exercising? Take it like a man.
Quiz 2: To eat or not to eat. Take it like a man.
Quiz 3: Have you met your prostate? Take it like a man.
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