Getting regular health checkups is important for everyone of every age – but it’s perhaps especially important for Australian men to think about.
Research shows that men are more vulnerable to certain chronic illnesses than women. Unfortunately, however, too many Aussie blokes take a “she’ll be right” attitude to their health, with consequences that could have been avoided if they’d been proactive.
Some of the checkups we’d recommend booking at least yearly include:
And of course, at this time of year, it’s important to get a prostate check too.
Your prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that sits just beneath your bladder (if you’re a man), surrounding your urethra: the tube through which urine leaves your bladder. Your prostate’s function is to secrete a special fluid that nourishes and protects any sperm cells you create.
Once you hit your forties, it’s normal for changes in your hormone balance – particularly testosterone and DHT – to chemically trigger prostate cell growth. Because the gland is so close to your bladder, this can sometimes have uncomfortable and annoying effects on your ability to urinate. Additionally, although the growth is usually benign, it can mask symptoms of something more serious.
So if you start to experience urinary issues (and – if you want to be proactive – even if you don’t have any symptoms), it’s important to get regular prostate checks.
Living a generally healthy lifestyle is a good start to proactively maintain your prostate health. Beyond that, however, there are four herbs and nutrients that are worth incorporating into your lifestyle: