Father’s Day is right here, let’s put some focus on dad’s health.

Dads don’t complain about their health or seek advice from professionals on how to stay healthy.

This Father's Day, give your dad another reason to celebrate by helping him to be healthy.

Health tips for dad are:

1. Get regular screenings and tests – Don’t postpone or neglect your regular exams, tests and screenings. This becomes even more critical especially after 50-65. With regular exams, your doctor will be able to get a better picture of your overall health and any changes that might have occurred and provide recommendations and care as needed. Ask your doctor what needs to be checked out based on your age and health history.

2. Diet and work out – You’ve probably heard it a 1000 times but a diet and exercise can affect your health and reduce chances of conditions including diabetes, heart attack, and obesity. Make sure he does 30-60 minutes of exercise every day of the week and include some strength exercises, too.

• Zinc

Helps prevent erectile dysfunction and male infertility. Also maintain a healthy prostate. Food sources include pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and oats and mushrooms. Blending seeds with your other favorite ingredients for a smoothie provides protein as well as a good amount of zinc. Safe dosage for consuming supplements is 40 mg or less; taking more than 40mg can cause toxicity in the body.

• Iron

Men high iron can result from eating too much liver, pork and beef or fortified cereals. Be sure to take multi-vitamins specifically for men as they will have lower amounts of iron or none at all. High amounts of iron are associated with higher risk of heart disease, liver disease, and cancer among other health issues. It is important for men to test their iron levels in the body through the following two blood tests called "serum ferritin" and "transferrin saturation." Both tests are necessary to determine an accurate reading.

• Healthy Fats

Eat salmon, walnuts and flax seeds (ground up and put in a smoothie or sprinkled in cereal) to increase the amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in the body – a factor in a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. Avoid transfats from junk foods and fried foods associated with inflammation in the body and increased risk of heart disease.

3. Listen to body – Often dads will put off going to the doctor or hospital. Don’t be a hero and listen to your body. If something seems off and you are not feeling yourself, contact a doctor. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. Limit or avoid alcohol and never use tobacco – The effects of tobacco and alcohol have been proved. In moderation, wine and even beer has been shown to have some heart health benefits. Best is to limit alcohol consumption or drink in moderation. On the other hand, tobacco use in every form and usage level is bad. There are programs and medications available to you to help you quit this costly and life-shortening habit.

5. Good sleep – Good sleep can make all the variations in our functionality, attitude, energy level and health. Sleep is important for recharging the body’s systems. Serious conditions like sleep apnea exist and the more weight you carry, especially around your stomach area can affect your health. Losing weight can help reduce these risks.

As an added bonus to a healthy lifestyle, don’t forget to get plenty of fresh air.

Happy Father’s Day!!!

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