Cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the leading causes of death in men in Australia. Much of which is preventable so it’s important to maintain regular check-ups throughout your life to maintain your general health and well-being. Your GP knows what’s important at each stage of your life and with regular checks, can help you enjoy a long and healthy life.
- Health Checks
- Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Mental Health
- Prostate Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Lifestyle Factors
The causes of high blood pressure aren’t often clear however they are influenced by factors such as:
Some medicines can also raise blood pressure
In terms of symptoms, there aren’t usually any warning signs so it’s extremely important to check your blood pressure regularly.
Low blood pressure can also cause issues. Signs your blood pressure might be too low include:
- Light-headedness, when standing from a sitting or lying position
- Blurred vision
Stay healthy by making the right lifestyle choices. Eating healthy meals and regular exercise can help reduce blood pressure. Medicine can also help control high blood pressure.
Stay healthy by:
Increasing the amount and variety of fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods you consume each day
Choose low or reduced-fat milk, yoghurt and dairy products or have ‘added calcium’ soy drinks
Choose lean meat and limit fatty meats (sausages, salami etc)
Eat fish at least twice a week
Replace butter and dairy blends with polyunsaturated margarines
Include foods in your diet that are rich in soluble fibre and healthy fats such as nuts, legumes and seeds
Limit cheese and ice cream to twice a week
It’s normal to feel flat, angry, irritable or sad at times but if this describes the way you feel most of the time for more than two weeks you may be experiencing symptoms of depression. Physical symptoms include constant tiredness, changes in weight and a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. Depression won’t go away without treatment and can develop to a point where it’s difficult to cope with day to day life.
Anxiety is the fear that something terrible is going to happen. Your worries ‘snowball’ with constant catastrophe seen in everyday situations. It disrupts your life, can cause sleepless nights, makes you feel panicked and can cause you to avoid any further situations in which you might feel panicked.
Keep healthy by:
Staying healthy, keeping fit, eating healthy and having plenty of sleep to reduce your mental health risk
Talk to your family and friends. Speak to a health professional if required
Go for a walk outside if you aren’t feeling great
Have time out with mates
Don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Call a mental health crisis service like Lifeline (13 11 14) or visit the Beyond Blue website for more information
Keep healthy by:
Although there is no evidence maintaining a good healthy diet and exercise can prevent or stop prostate cancer from developing, they can help reduce the risk and improve overall health. Early detection and maintaining regular health checks is very important.
It’s important to achieve at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most or all days of the week. It doesn’t have to be strenuous to be of benefit and can be simple choices such as walking up stairs instead of taking the lift or getting off the train one station early to walk home, or taking the dog for a walk to the park.