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Ten Things Men Can Do For Better Health
- Get a physical. Experts recommend a complete health physical every 1-2 years.
- Conduct a testicular self-exam once a month to check for abnormalities. Men 18-40 are at highest risk or testicular cancer, and early detection is crucial for successful treatment. Visit a healthcare professional or www.sex-ed101.com to learn how.
- Use a condom when having sexual intercourse. In addition to HIV, men can contract genital warts, herpes, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. Educate yourself about STDs and practices that will reduce your risk.
- Slow down, wear a helmet, and buckle up. Reduce risk of motor vehicle and recreational accidents by being safe and protecting your head. Having a head injury is not "manly".
- Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume. It can contribute to health problems and increase the risk of accident/injury. Don't drive after drinking.
- Develop a way to deal with feelings. Holding in anger or sadness can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and problems in relationships.
- Wear sunscreen. Protect against skin cancer and keep skin healthy.
- Listen to your body: if you're hurt, sick, or tired, rest. If you're sick, go to the doctor.
- Eat healthy meals and incorporate healthy levels of exercise into your lifestyle.
- Talk to other men about health issues and encourage each other to take care of your health. Resist the idea that it isn't "manly" to take care of your health and safety.