Healthy Aging

****** Healthy aging is a hot topic. Whether you're concerned about weight gain, sex drive or chronic diseases, the key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. Eating a variety of nutritious foods, practicing portion control and including physical activity in your daily routine can go a long way toward promoting healthy aging.

If an interest in healthy aging leads you to consider anti-aging therapies — such as restrictive diets, supplements or expensive treatments claiming to postpone or even reverse the aging process — be cautious. There's no quick fix when it comes to healthy aging. Know what you're buying, and know how to spot suspicious schemes. Often, anti-aging therapies don't live up to the claims.**********

 

             Medicine is wonderful at treating many ills, but there is a lot to be said for avoiding those ills altogether. Put yourself on the path to a better, healthier, you with these simple steps.

 

Visit the Doctor.
            Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor and ignoring unusual symptoms. (This may partly explain why women live an average of five years longer than men!!!!.) It is important for men to be proactive about their health. Schedule yearly checkups, and keep these appointments. If you find you need an extra push, ask your family to hold you accountable. It’s in your best interest—and theirs.


Eat Natural Foods.
            Packaged and processed foods are often full of sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, and calories. Avoid the fake stuff, and opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fiber-rich foods (beans and leafy greens), fresh fish, and lean cuts of meat and poultry. 


Get Moving.
          Heart disease is the leading cause of death in  men. Exercise is the best way to prevent heart disease and keep your ticker strong. Aim for 30 minutes of movement at least five days a week. Aerobic exercise—including walking, jogging, swimming, or sports such as tennis or basketball—is best.


Maintain a trim waistline.                                                                
            Here’s a quick way to determine if your health is at risk: Measure your waist. A waist measurement that is more than 40 inches could be cause for concern. Men with large waists are at an increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and other health issues.


Get Your Vitamins.
                    A daily multivitamin will help ensure your body gets what it needs to function properly, but eating vitamin-rich foods serves up extra benefits — plenty of healthy fiber and minerals. So do both. Pack your meals with vitamin-rich foods, but keep taking the multivitamin.


Avoid Health Sins.
                   We’re stating the obvious here, but smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health. It’s also important to steer clear of those who do smoke. Secondhand smoke is just as dangerous. Nearly 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die from lung cancer every year, and smoking causes myriad other health conditions, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, and heart disease, and contributes to the development of cancer in virtually every other organ. Other health sins include alcohol and drugs. If you choose to consume alcohol, it is best to do so in moderation. For men, that’s no more than two drinks per day—24 ounces of beer, 10 ounces of wine, or 3 ounces of spirits. (Two glasses a day may lower your risk of heart disease, but doctors don’t recommend drinking over something that is healthier, such as exercising.) Cocaine is known to lead to heart attacks and strokes, while addictive drugs like opiates lead to many negative health behaviors.
                    Furthermore, anabolic steroids that men use to increase their muscle mass can lead to serious health consequences, including sterility, heart disease, bad skin, and behavioral problems. Injection drug use often leads to infections and skin breakdown at the site of injection  

                                       
Get Your Prostate Checked.
                    Prostate cancer is the top cancer diagnosis for men. Talk to your doctor about a prostate cancer screening test and physical exam to check for an enlarged prostate. Not all doctors advise annual screenings, but depending on individual risk factors, yours may suggest one in order to catch potential problems before they become an issue.

 Old Age Is A Blessing.

 People    grow old and get a special status.You hear this kind of statement about old age in other parts of the world but in African communities,this is one of the most important  principles of co-existance and is respected  by all the members.
           It is so by instinct and very deep rooted cultural imprints rather than the pressure of good manners--it is done according to the very nature of the African way of life.So let us take care of our elders!!!!.

        QUOTES:
         :  An old man sitting on the ground sees more than a child up a tree!!.
         :It is fool handy to climb two trees at once just because one has two feet!!.
           :There is no better mirror than an old friend!!.