Recent research has shown that many men are failing to take adequate steps to look after their health or protect themselves financially in the future, should they experience health problems.
This article will look at some small steps men can take to better protect themselves physically and financially.
Research has shown that although a lot of men (30%) say they are concerned about their health and 27% actually worry about their health, they are still taking significant risks by ignoring symptoms of ill health, not carrying out health checks
For example, a massive 77% of men said they have ignored physical symptoms of ill health in the past year, while almost half (44%) don’t check themselves regularly for signs of cancer.
Over half (52%) of men have also ignored a letter urging them to attend a medical check-up in the past year and in the same time frame only one third (32%) attended a regular check-up or test.
Additionally, the survey showed that a high percentage of men don’t have critical illness cover or other protection such as health insurance to cover them should they become ill.
Here are a just a few small steps you can take to greatly improve your overall health:
Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day as part of a balanced diet. This will keep your energy levels up and stop you reaching for sugary, fatty and salty snacks. It will also help you maintain your weight at a healthy level.
Drink in moderation. Aim to stay within the guidelines for health of no more than three or four units of alcohol per day. Try to have at least two alcohol-free days per week too.
Up the exercise
Try and take at least 20 minutes of exercise three times per week. Do exercise that you enjoy so that it becomes a fun part of your routine rather than a chore. Looking into doing exercise with friends too so it becomes social, as well as good for your health.
Don’t ignore symptoms of ill health or injury – if you think something could be wrong, see a doctor as soon as possible. Better safe than sorry. Additionally, learn how to check yourself for signs of illnesses such as breast and testicular cancer. It takes minutes and saves lives.
Protect your future
Consider investing in private health insurance and critical illness insurance to provide you with access to fast treatment and peace of mind. With private health insurance and critical illness cover, you know that if you do become ill, you’ll be back at work as quickly as possible and your income will be protected.
Men are more likely than women to ignore medical problems and take more risks with their health. It isn’t worth the risk, though, and with just a few small changes you could ensure that you are happier and healthier in the long-term.