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Top 10 Health Tips for Men Over 60

1) Take regular exercise
As we age it's more important than ever to remain active however people mistakenly often think that it's time to slow down. Keeping fit will help to slow down our physical and mental decline and decrease the risk of stroke, heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Aim for at least 2.5 hours per week of cardiovascular activity, as well as incorporating movement in your usual daytime activities.

2) Watch cholesterol levels
High cholesterol levels can also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, which is most common in men over 60. Regular exercise will help lower this as will a healthy and balanced diet. Animal fats such as butter and lard processed meats have a high cholesterol level so avoid these and instead get your fat from healthy, unsaturated fat from foods such as oily fish, avocadoes and nuts as these can actually help lower cholesterol. Have regular cholesterol tests with your GP.

3) Prostate check-ups
Prostate cancer is most common in men over the age of 45 and peaks at 70 so it is important to remain vigilant and to be aware of the symptoms of the disease, which can include problems urinating. Make regular visits to your GP for a physical examination of the area to ensure any cancer is picked up early, in order that it can be managed properly.

4) Maintain a healthy diet
A balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is important at any age but especially so when our body's functions start to slow down, as it will help decrease the risk of age-related diseases. It's also important to consume plenty of calcium to prevent bone deterioration and iron-rich foods to maintain energy levels, such as lean, red meat and dark green vegetables.

5) Decrease alcohol consumption
If you are a steady drinker now may be the time to cut down on your weekly intake. Regular alcohol consumption can contribute to the risk of diseases that become more common in older age, such as heart disease and cancer, so lowering your intake may help to protect you from these.

6) Stop smoking
Like alcohol, smoking can also be a contributing factor to a number of diseases and is not just limited to lung cancer. Smoking is a known carcinogen and it can also thicken and block arteries resulting in potential life-threatening heart problems.

7) Regular eye-tests
Over the age of 60 you are eligible for a free eye-test once every 2 years which should be taken up as eyesight can deteriorate at this age even if you have previously benefitted from perfect vision. Eye-tests can help reveal diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma and even other health issues such as diabetes.

8 ) Reduce stress levels
It's important when moving in to your later years that you try to reduce your stress levels in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Stress can lead to high-blood pressure which can cause heart disease and strokes.

9) Consider a well man check-up
If you are anxious about your health then consider an overall health check-up. There are some hospitals with a special men’s health department, called a well man clinic, which offer a wide range of tests in order to ascertain overall health levels and also detect any potential problems or diseases.

10) Maintain sexual health
Many men in their older years can forget the importance of safe sex, particularly as the risk of unwanted pregnancies is less likely. However if you aren't in a monogamous relationship you still run the risk of contracting and spreading infectious diseases if you are unprotected, so remember to keep it safe.

Written by Kat Kraetzer, an experienced blogger working in the health-care industry for many years

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