As you get older, it is important to modify your diet for your changing needs. I go into detail on what kind of changes you should make, in general for both genders, in another post here.
These tweaks to your diet are even more important for men than they are for women. As described in this article from The Telegraph, men:
On top of the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer is a growing (no pun intended) concern and now ranks as the third most prevalent form of cancer, despite half of men not knowing where their prostate gland is.
Men tend to be set in their ways and stubborn to make changes, especially those that come in the form of health and wellness improvements. That said, it is imperative that positive lifestyle changes be made to ensure your health in your older years.
What Changes Should Midlife Men Make to Their Diet?
As provided by the article in The Telegraph linked to above, you don’t need to turn your life upside down to better your health.
Instead, a few little tweaks here and there can make a world of difference. Below are some tips for how to better your diet to ensure your health for years to come.
Ditch the Manly Diet
A lot of men pride themselves in eating manly meals – a burger and fries and a beer, or something similar. However macho you think this food is, it’s only hurting your health. It’s OK to eat what you want at times, but don’t make it your entire diet. Work in healthy choices like fruits and vegetables, substitute rice for the french fries and have a glass of wine instead of a beer.
Don’t Go Overboard on Calcium
While it is important to get enough calcium to keep your bones strong, do not overdo it. Studies have indicated that calcium, and the proteins and hormones associated with it, could potentially be linked to the growth of prostate cancer. At most, limit your intake of dairy products to four servings per day.
Skip the Salt
All of the foods listed in the manly diet above have one thing in common – lots of salt. Too much sodium can clog up your arteries and lead to heart disease and high blood pressure. The recommended amount is no more than 6 grams of salt per day. This amount can be reached simply by food consumption alone (without the addition of salt on top). Reduce the number of processed foods you eat (as they are loaded with salt as a preservative). Consider substituting lemon juice as a flavor additive instead.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a wholesale change to better your health for years to come. A few simple tweaks to your diet can go a long way in adding more fruitful years to the rest of your life. There is no better time to start than today!