Let's Celebrate The Men In Our Lives This November!
Post by: Eastlands Estate, 16 Nov 2020
Like October is to breast cancer, November (or Movember) is to testicular and prostate cancer – a month in which awareness is raised about specific health issues affecting men. This is why we frequently see previously clean-shaven men sporting moustaches. (And let’s face it, many of us will be glad when December 1 rolls around and those hairy upper lips disappear for another year!) But it’s a great way to draw attention to issues that men are perhaps a little reluctant to talk about openly.
November 19 is International Men’s Day, so here at Eastlands, we decided to celebrate all our wonderful men this month.
Men are generally less likely than women to see a healthcare professional if they’re not feeling well. In fact, research shows that as many as 40% of men routinely delay seeking medical care until they’ve been feeling sick for “at least a week!”
And yet we all know that in some cases, getting prompt medical care can make all the difference. Sometimes it’s the difference between life and death. Prostate cancer, for example, has one of the highest successful survival rates (up to 98% over 10 years) if detected early. So please don’t wait if you feel that something’s just “not right.” These instinctive feelings are your body’s way of telling you to get help.
Even if you’re generally fit and healthy, there still are a few things you can do to improve your chances of staying that way:
Supplements and Vitamins
We all think these are good for us, and generally speaking, they are. But as we get older, we may also need to take prescribed medications for certain age-related issues. Men in particular are prone to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If you’re taking medication to keep it under control, you should always check with your doctor if it’s OK to also take vitamins and supplements.
In addition, the longer we live, and the more medication we take, the more likely we are to experience side effects – even from seemingly harmless over-the-counter products. Always make sure any tablets you take are safe to consume long-term.
Get Your Jabs!
It’s really important as we age to try to avoid getting the flu. Respiratory complications of flu are more common in older people, which makes getting a flu jab even more important. Of course, this advice isn’t only for men, but because a lot of men are more likely to think they will “tough things out,” it’s important to emphasise the benefits of having a preventative injection just before the flu season starts.
Other shots to discuss with your doctor include the shingles vaccine (herpes zoster) and pneumonia.
Have Fun In The Sun, But Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen!
Some men are prone to getting a little “thin on top” as they get older! This makes the habit of wearing a cap or hat and using sunscreen even more important.
We usually remember to put cream on our faces and the backs of our necks, but the tops of our heads can be forgotten. Our skin gets thinner as we age, making it more susceptible to sun damage, so proper UV protection is vital.
The amount of calories men over the age of 50 need to eat every day depends largely on your levels of activity. Moderately active men, for example, need between 2 200 and 2 400 calories, whereas men who don’t exercise much only need between 2 000 and 2 200.
It’s important to remember though, that not all calories are created equal. And although our calorie requirements decrease as we age, our nutrient needs don’t. In fact, they usually increase. So, it’s important to regularly include lean protein, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and low fat (or fat-free) dairy.
Pay particular attention to foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, both of which help to keep our bones healthy and strong. Dark leafy greens, canned fish with soft bones, eggs, and fatty fish such as salmon are excellent natural and healthy sources of these important nutrients.
Fibre is also very important, promoting digestive health and helping to guard against heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Men over 50 need around 30 grams of dietary fibre a day. Good sources are beans, lentils, whole grains, veggies, and fruit. A delicious bowl of porridge in the mornings is a great way to get a good dose of fibre and get your day off to a healthy start!
With so much great sport on TV these days, it can be tempting to spend a lot of time in your favourite armchair. But most men will admit you can’t eat the way you did in your 20s and maintain a healthy weight! Muscle loss and fat gain are typical parts of the aging process, but you can keep this at bay with moderate levels of physical activity.
Just 30 minutes every day is enough to boost your metabolism and help keep you healthy. It’s great for your mental well-being too!
We hope you found these tips helpful, and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our wonderful male residents a very happy, healthy International Men’s Day on November 19!
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