Sharecare Top 5: Men’s Health

Do you put off check-ups and doctor’s visits even when you know you need them? Some men view taking care of themselves as a sign of weakness – but actively patrolling your health could add 7 years to your life. If you need a little more convincing, here are five ways to feel your best.

Pump Some Iron for Younger Muscles. Who knew the Fountain of Youth could be found in a weight room? It turns out that strength training changes your muscle tissue on a cellular level, giving it the profile of younger muscles. You’ll stay stronger, healthier – and your shirt will probably fit a lot better! Discover more ways to slow the aging process from Sharecare’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Keith Roach.

Drink beer for stronger bones
Yes, you read that correctly! The bone-building ingredient in your brewski is silicon, a collagen-stimulating chemical that makes bones healthier. How does that work? Collagen is a protein that boosts bone density and promotes flexibility in your joints. Beer with the most hops and malted barley are the richest in silicon. If a tall cold one isn’t for you, bananas, brown rice and string beans are other good sources of silicon. Learn more quick ways to keep your bones strong.

Burn your belly fat for better sex
Excess belly fat is already connected to an increase in Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, but did you know that it can put a damper on your sex life, too? Belly fat increases your chances of erectile dysfunction and lowers testosterone levels – the hormone that puts the oomph in your sex drive. Click here for more reasons to banish belly fat.

Debunk male healthy myths
Do you think menopause and breast cancer are women-only conditions? Is ED an inevitable part of aging? If you’re not sure of the answers, take this quiz and get the facts for a longer, healthier life.

Avoid head-in-the-sand syndrome
Staying on top of your health becomes even more important in your forties and fifties. This is when undiagnosed health problems, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can start to take a toll. Use this checklist to keep track of recommended screenings at every age  – early treatment can stave off and even reverse disease. Learn 7 steps to avoid a heart attack and more in Sharecare’s Men’s Health Center.