This one is all about the boys!

Every three hours one New Zealand man dies of a preventable illness, and every 90 minutes one Kiwi dies from heart disease, and many of these deaths are preventable. For the sake of those who love us and depend on us, this has got to change. Here’s the good news though – we all have the power to make this change!

Blood pressure and high cholesterol can be a key indicator for a range of illnesses, including type 2 diabetes.

There are 40 new diabetes diagnoses in New Zealand every day and one in four New Zealanders is estimated to have pre-diabetes. A person’s risk of progressing from pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes can be roughly halved if they lose weight, change their diet, increase exercise and/or have treatment.

The benefits of regular exercise can be huge for physical, mental and sexual health. By getting into a routine that includes 30 minutes of physical exercise a day, you can be well on the way to ensuring your health for the future.

Just as important as regular exercise in making sure that you maintain a healthy and balanced life, is healthy eating. Eating well is important for both mental and physical health, so you need to know what foods to eat, in what quantities, and what foods to avoid to minimise health risks.

Early detection is the key guys.

Quick check list

  • Have you had your blood pressure checked lately?
  • At any time have you spoken to your doctor about your prostate?
  • Have you had your cholesterol checked in the last year?
  • Have you had your blood sugar checked at your last health visit?
  • Have you spoken to your doctor about the risks of bowel cancer?
  • Are you happy in general, and not too stressed?
  • Are you a non-smoker?
  • Do you have a partner, close friend or relative who is there for you in tough times?
  • On average, would you do 30 mins exercise about 4 or 5 days a week.?
  • Per week would you have 2 or 3 alcoholic drinks?
  • Do you eat 5 or more serves of fruit and vegetables per day?
  • Have you had your skin checked in the last year?

Now be honest – did you get 12/12? If you would like to talk about any concerns you may have encountered don’t hesitate to drop by and show us your results. We can help.