Seven Tips for Men's Health and Safety

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2007

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some useful men's health tips for the summer months. Practice Water Safety - In 2004, men accounted for 78% of accidental drowning deaths. Learn how to swim, and never swim alone. Also, don't mix alcohol and boating. Protect your skin - Skin cancer effects men as well as women, so most should consider wearing sunscreen with a SPF factor of 15 or more.

Leave the fireworks to professionals - Men represent 72% of injuries from fireworks. If you are going to light them, make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby and always keep them away from children. Wear your seat belt - You can cut your risk of dying in a car accident in half by just buckling up. Never drink and drive, or get in a car with someone who has.

Be aware at the BBQ - make sure food is cooked at the right temperature by warming up the coals 20 to 30 minutes before starting, and by using a meat thermometer. Be Physically Active - adults who get thirty minutes of physical exercise a day reduce their risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer, and premature death.

 Prevent Sexually Transmissible Diseases - In 2005, almost three quarters of HIV/AIDS diagnoses were for adolescent boys and adult men. Abstinence is the most effective method of prevention. A monogamous relationship with a partner who has tested negative, and using latex condoms, also reduce the risk. Visit your doctor - Last year, 26% of men said they hadn't had a check up, so if you've avoided making an appointment, go see one.


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