A Man’s Guide To Staying Young

Athletic man drinking water(BlackDoctor.org) — Most of the anti-aging articles printed lately are geared toward women, but what about men? Men want to remain virile and handsome as they age, too. While aging is inevitable, feeling older doesn’t have to be. A number of anti-aging strategies can hold back the hands of time and improve a man’s health and longevity.

Anti-Aging Strategies for Men

There is no scientific evidence that anti-aging supplements, such as growth hormone, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and testosterone, can improve longevity. On the other hand, lifestyle changes have proven longevity benefits. Here are six tried-and-true strategies for living longer:

1. Drink moderately and don’t smoke. More than two alcoholic drinks per day can damage your liver over time and cause other potentially fatal health problems. Smoking drastically increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease. But smokers who quit—no matter what their age—can add years to their life. According to the American Lung Association, smokers who quit before age 35 have a life expectancy similar to people who have never smoked. Even quitting after age 65 will add several years to your life.

2. Get regular checkups and screenings. Seeing a doctor at least once a year and having the recommended screenings for your age can help prevent minor health problems from developing into chronic or deadly diseases. Talk to your doctor about screening for colon cancer starting at age 45 (earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer) and for prostate cancer, the second most common cancer killer of men.