Prevention through a healthier lifestyle is the key to improve the quality, and length, of your life. Listed below are some important tips to help you get started.
- Eat Healthy! Try to eat a varied diet, rich in fruits and vegetable, whole grains, and low-fat foods.
- Be careful to limit cholesterol intake and avoid saturated fats.
- Incorporate moderate exercise into your routine. 30 minutes, five times a week is a great start. If you are able to move up to vigorous exercise aim for 20 minutes, three times a week.
- Be sun smart! Protect yourself from overexposure to the sun, especially between 10am and 2pm, always use sunscreen and make sure to reapply at least every two hours.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every day.
- If you drink try to limit it to no more than two drinks per day.
- Don’t smoke! Smoking contributes to many types of cancer, heart disease and other disorders. Try and limit your exposure to second hand smoke.
- See your doctor once a year, if you don’t have a primary care physician we can help you find one, call our physician referral line at (561) 263-5737.
- Know your family history! Discuss it with your doctor.
- Prostate Screening, baseline PSA and digital rectal exam should begin at age 40. Discuss a screening schedule with your physician.
- Practice safe sex.
- Manage your stress! Stress contributes to many health conditions so it is important to manage your stress. Find activities you enjoy that help you de-stress.
- Drive responsibly – wear a seatbelt when you’re driving and a helmet when driving a motorcycle or riding a bike.
Did you know that women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men? Don’t let the woman in your life be the only one who is proactive about her health and wellness. Take charge of your health and wellness. Become familiar with recommended check-ups and screenings, these are a proven way to improve your health!