Understanding Your Health

How much do you understand about your health? If you're like most men, you put off getting checkups. You ignore small warning signs. You have to be very sick before you see the doctor. It's time to change. To stay strong for yourself and your family, now is the time to pay attention to your health.

Leading causes of death for men are:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Unintentional injuries (accidents)
  • Chronic lower respiratory disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Many of these can be prevented or delayed by living healthy. This includes:

  • Eat Healthy - What you eat and drink matters. Make time for a balanced diet.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight – Being obese is the number one cause of many diseases and health problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
  • Exercise – Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. Even walking can be an important part of your exercise routine.
  • Do Not Smoke – Smoking causes many diseases of the lungs and heart. If you smoke, quit today. There are resources, medications, and other forms of support, like the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline; 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), that can help. Talk to your doctor about quitting.
  • Get Routine Exams – Regular exams and screenings can help save lives. Stay on top of your health. Visit your doctor every one to three years. At your checkup, talk to your doctor about screenings and other ways to prevent disease.
  • Be Safe; Protect Yourself – Lower your risk of getting hurt by knowing safety rules for fires, falls, water, poisons and other dangers. Always wear your safety belt when driving . Protect your mental health by reducing the stress in your life.