Men’s Health Month: Stay Proactive About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month. Though we should be caring for our health on a daily basis, men in particular need an extra nudge, especially when it comes to visiting a health practitioner. Men are less likely to visit health care providers for reasons not related to illness, whereas women will visit for checkups as well as health education and screenings.

On average, men in the United States die five years earlier than women, and they have higher fatality rates for the three major causes of fatality: disease, lung cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Randall LaFrom and the entire staff at LaFrom Dentistry want you to maintain your overall health.

How You Can Defend Your Health

Ultimately, it is up to you to ensure that you live a long, healthy life. Your daily habits and actions can strongly affect your health. The following guidelines can help you stay on a positive track:

  • Make (and keep) appointments with your healthcare professionals. Scheduling annual physicals and eye exams and six-month dental hygiene will help you monitor your health, identify problems before they become serious, and prevent future complications. Dr. LaFrom believes that an undeniable connection exists between oral and systemic health. Dental checkups are a vital part of maintaining your health.
  • Eat the right foods. Consume a healthy number of calories and a proper balance of grains, proteins, vegetables, fruits, and dairy. You should eat a variety of healthy foods because it will keep you from getting bored and it will ensure that you absorb a variety of nutrients.
  • Stay active. Adults of a healthy weight should exercise moderately for a minimum of 30 minutes most days, beyond a normal activity level, to maintain weight and prevent disease.
  • Sleep. Chances are, you don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Most adults don’t, but it’s important to change your habits and maintain a set sleep schedule. Sleep is your body’s way of recharging and restoring itself.
  • Reduce stress. Engage in stress-reducing activities like running, yoga, deep breathing, tai chi, or anything that helps you relax. Stress can cause health issues ranging from depression and sleep loss to sexual dysfunction and obesity.

If you need a six-month checkup and cleaning, or have avoided dental visits for years, there’s no time like today to take control of your health. Call our Cupertino, CA, dental office today at (408) 996-8595 for your appointment. We serve patients in San Jose, CA, and surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on June 10, 2011.

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