While most men would grudgingly admit that annual checkups and screening tests are the smart thing to do, they often seem to go out of their way to avoid the doctor’s office.
But if your favorite men treated their bodies as well as they would a prized sports car–taking them in for routine maintenance, calling in a pro at the slightest sign of trouble—they’d be much more likely to live longer and run smoother.
Here are 5 tried and true ways men can prevent health problems:
1) Stop smoking. Cigarettes increase the risk of not only heart disease but also lung, pancreatic and bladder cancer.
2) See a physician regularly.
3) Get regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate cancer and coronary artery disease, especially if there’s a family history of these diseases.
4) Eat a balanced diet.