Health Tips for Men in Their 20s & 30s
1. Eat healthier and start moving.
Skip the fried and fatty foods, and strive for at least half an hour of exercise daily. Eating right and keeping active are the health gifts that keep on giving: If you get into these habits now, the benefits will last a lifetime.
2. Work on your relationship -- with your doctor, that is.
"People really delay getting a primary care doctor once they're past having a pediatrician," says JoAnn Manson, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Things to ask your doctor now: What can you do to keep your body and heart strong? How can you best prevent STDs?
3. Know your family health history.
Does heart disease run in your family? How about diabetes? These are important questions to ask your parents and grandparents while you still can. "Construct a family medical history tree," Manson says.
4. Don't forget key screening tests.
Make sure you do your monthly self-exams for testicular cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in young men. We know, we know -- it's a little embarrassing. To learn how to do a self-exam, go to the Testicular Cancer Resource Center. Also, talk to your doctor about early cholesterol and diabetes screening. It's never too early to start protecting your heart.