To celebrate the men in our lives, here is a bumper edition “Top 5 tips” for making fathers’ day healthy, as well as happy… 5. Stay chilled. Incredibly, statistics show that a 35 year old man with a blood pressure of 160/100 will live 16 fewer years than the same individual with a “normal” blood pressure of 120/80. Try not to let life’s every day stresses get to you and do something active, which you enjoy, each day. 4. Remember the 1-2 rule. The healthiest alcohol intake is 1-2 glasses of red wine a day with 1-2 alcohol free days a week. A small glass of wine is one unit, as is half a pint of ordinary strength beer or lager, or one pub measure of spirits. However, red wine is the best choice, as it has well documented antioxidant benefits (related to the polyphenol, resveratrol) and can help protect against heart disease and certain cancers. 3. Check your bits. There are three cancers, which only affect men: Prostate cancer kills the same number of men each year as breast cancer kills women. (The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system). Testicular cancer is more prevalent amongst younger men (20-35). Penile cancer is thankfully very rare at any age. Anything unusual in or around the genitals should be checked out without delay.
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