The new year is underway, and many men across the globe have made resolutions to live better. Some of the most common New Year resolutions include a commitment to exercise, eating healthy, and taking care of mental health. However, studies show that nearly 60% of men do not go to the doctor regularly, which can result in substantial health complications, both in the present and further on down the road. This year, add a commitment to men’s health into your resolutions, and stay on top of the things that make us men with these male health tips!

Keep It Up

One of the most common issues men face today is erectile dysfunction (ED), which affects nearly 5% of men by the time they reach the age of 40. This can cause embarrassment, frustration, and a lower libido, but fortunately there are plenty of ED medications out there to resolve this common issue and get things up and running. If the ED is caused by psychological problems, including intimacy troubles, seeing a certified counselor for sexual therapy can help alleviate the dilemma while still helping you overcome the underlying issue. It is very important for men to realize and understand that this common condition is, first and foremost, not a personal deficiency or abnormality. It is a very typical, natural part of the aging process. Furthermore, ED is very treatable, so fear not, your love life will be fiery once again!

Fertility Issues 

Are you planning on growing the family tree but having trouble getting pregnant? Infertility is an issue worldwide, with nearly 1 in 6 couples experiencing fertility problems and men contributing to nearly half of all infertility cases. Male fertility levels are often correlated with overall health, so it’s best to try and take optimal care of yourself when you and your partner are trying to conceive. Men’s sperm quality has a range – you’re not “fertile” or “infertile” – so improving your health can lead to better sperm health and a greater chance of getting pregnant. If this is an issue for you, you can take certain steps to improve your fertility. 90 days of “sperm-friendly” living can make a big impact. And if you haven’t had your sperm tested, now is a great time to establish your baseline, see where you stand, and work with your partner so that together you can optimize your chances of conception.

Testicular Health and Wellness

 The dreaded “turn your head and cough” legends have permeated through locker rooms since the dawn of JV football, and can even prevent certain men from checking in with their physician. Make no mistake, testicular cancer is a very serious, but very curable disease – when caught early enough. Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men between 15-44, with the average age of diagnosis being 33. When the disease is caught in its first stage, it is virtually 100% curable. The most common symptoms include pain or swelling in one of the testes, a lower abdominal pain (like a dull ache, or a pulling sensation), and an abnormal bump on one of the testes. While annual physicals include a test, it is strongly encouraged that men perform the test at home at least once a month. The process itself is simple – while in the shower, grab your testicle between your thumb and forefinger (don’t squeeze, gents), and gently “roll it,” trying to go over its entire surface area. If you feel any weird bumps or abnormalities, it is imperative that you get to your doctor right away.

Fitness and Nutrition

Exercising regularly and eating well seem like no-brainers, but it can become very difficult with our busy schedules. Studies suggest that getting started with a workout program is the most difficult aspect of forming a routine. If that’s true then sticking to it must be a piece of cake, right? Of course, it can be tough to keep the regimen going, but it is important to try and stick with your workout as best as you can. Missing a session here and there isn’t the end of the world, so don’t beat yourself up. Doing something is better than doing nothing. Plus, coupling your exercise with a heart-healthy diet will lead to even more benefits. The old adage “we are what we eat” still rings true, and it can pay dividends in terms of health. The best diet for men includes a balanced intake of protein, carbohydrates, and fats at a 20:60:20 ratio, with a focus on lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Alcohol, processed foods, and sugar should not be eaten in excess in order to maintain a healthy weight and to feel good!

Health and wellness are points of emphasis for society these days – and for good reason. Our health is one of the most important factors in this thing called life. It’s especially important for us guys to take stock of our bodies and check in when something is awry, even when it comes to these difficult topics. Sexual health and fertility talks can feel taboo or embarrassing to discuss, but they truly are common issues; millions experience these conditions globally! Taking charge of your sexual, physical, reproductive, and mental health can dramatically help you achieve your new year and life goals – whatever they may be.