Men's Health

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, its no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Dr. Edward Hill discusses mens health, diet and exercise in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Men should talk to their doctor about diet, exercise and risk factors for diseases and cancer. You can talk about ways to keep yourself healthy, and make sure you are up-to-date on vaccinations and screening tests. Keep your doctor updated on your family and personal health history.

Here are some keys to a healthy diet:

Enjoy your food, but eat less.

Avoid large portions.

Fill about half of your plate with fruit and vegetables.

Drink skim or low-fat milk.

Compare the amounts of sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals. Choose foods with lower amounts.

Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Adults need at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. Its fine to break it up into intervals as short as 10 minutes. Any type of activity counts, as long as it gets your heart rate up.

If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation. This means no more than two drinks per day or 14 drinks per week.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.