Your health should be a priority before you hit the big 3-0, but this is when some common and more serious health ailments come into play. You may think you’re too young to be worrying about health problems yet, but you should consider thinking further about these top 5 health problems and what you can do to prevent and treat them.
Men’s Heart Health
Your heart is a muscle just as other parts of your body are, therefore it needs to be exercised and taken care of to remain healthy. Taking care of your heart includes doing aerobic exercises such as walking, jogging, or biking, while also eating healthy. Cholesterol is more likely to increase and cause problems in your 30s. Keeping your body at a healthy weight by participating in exercise and having a healthy diet with lots of dark leafy green veggies, healthy fats such as nuts and seeds, and grass-fed organic meats can help keep your heart in top form!
Men tend to think that their age doesn’t matter as much as their partner’s when it comes to having children, but this isn’t true: research shows that sperm age just as a woman’s eggs age. When a man gets older, the chances of him having a higher concentration of damaged sperm are greater, and the body is less able to filter out sperm that are old or damaged as it ages. The DNA in these damaged sperm has the potential to affect the genes of the baby. Sperm quality can begin decreasing as early as the mid-30s, so be aware of this when trying to conceive with your partner. If you’d like to have kids a little later in life, consider banking some sperm.
Male Loss of Bone and Muscle Mass
Muscle mass as well as bone mass decreases in your 30s. It’s more important than ever to exercise as well as get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet to keep your bones healthy. In addition, if you’re still smoking, now is a great time to quit, as smoking can contribute significantly to loss of bone density. Loss of bone mass can make you more susceptible to injury. Foods rich in calcium include dark leafy greens such as kale and collards and fruits such as oranges and figs. For vitamin D, focus on fatty fish and eggs. When you can’t get these foods, find a quality supplement to take.
Believe it or not, testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer for men in their 30s, according to the National Institute of Health. Now is a great time to take advantage of Men’s Health Month and get screened for testicular cancer. Symptoms include an aching in the groin, lumps in one or both testicles, pain in the testicles or scrotum, and breast tenderness. Even if you don’t have these symptoms, it’s important to know them and be aware of any changes in your health as you age.
Although prostate cancer is generally not a big concern for men in their 30s, being aware of the signs and symptoms as well as early detection can make a huge difference when treating prostate cancer. Symptoms include needing to urinate frequently, pain when urinating, inability to hold urine or beginning to urinate, difficulty maintaining an erection, and ejaculation that is painful. Early detection of prostate cancer can make treating prostate cancer successful with minimal treatment. Get screened this Men’s Health Month to make sure your prostate is healthy.
These top 5 health problems for men in their 30s may not seem like a big concern for you if you’re healthy—but being aware of the symptoms and getting regular checkups can help you limit these issues. And don’t forget, diet and exercise play a bigger role than you think when it comes to your overall health. Get checked this Men’s Health Month!