Men’s Health Week is Here

In between your job, your friends, and other commitments, it can be hard to find the time to focus on your health. In honor of Men’s Health Week, UNM Truman Health Services is sharing some tips to help you keep your health on track.

Eat Wisely

Eating a diet that is rich in essential nutrients not only makes your body feel better, but can also reduce risk factors for a number of diseases. Because men have greater muscle mass, it is important to ensure that you are getting enough nutrients during every meal. A diet high in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits can significantly help improve your health.

Exercise The Way You Like

Exercise does not require going to a gym or jogging on a track. There are plenty of fun ways to get your heart pumping and build muscle! From zumba classes to hiking, it’s important to get yourself moving at least 30 minutes every day.

Prostate and Colon Health

Both male prostate and colon cancer are highly treatable if caught early. Men should start getting prostate screening exams, in addition to colonoscopies, around the age of 50.

Wear Sunscreen

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in the country and melanoma can be deadly. In our sunny, dry climate, make it a general rule to always protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Remember to apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15.

Use Protection

Sexual health is essential to overall health. If you’re sexually active, always use a condom to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Stay Away from Stress

Chronic stress can seriously affect your heart, muscles, and even your emotional health. It’s important to make time in your schedule to stay stress free. From taking a walk with your dog to watching your favorite television show, make de-stressing part of your routine.

Get Tested

One of the most common misconceptions about being sexually active is that you only need to get tested once a year. Because many sexually transmitted infections can present no symptoms, it is important to get checked often – ideally in between every sexual partner.

If you are sexually active, you can get tested for HIV at Truman Health Services in Albuquerque. We offer fast and free HIV testing for everyone. Centrally located in the university area, our health professionals can answer your health questions and address your concerns.

Celebrate yourself, men! Make some positive, healthy changes this week and see how it feels!