Doctor's orders for Crestview area men: eat less and exercise more

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 06:57 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Dr. Richard Weaver has a prescription that addresses numerous medical concerns men can face as they age: eat less, eat healthfully and exercise more.

A healthy diet, exercise and weight loss can reduce men's chances of having prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol, he said.

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Performing regular testicle self-examinations in the shower can help men understand their bodies and help them know when something's unusual, Weaver said during the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee's Thursday Lunch and Learn seminar.

Avoiding high cholesterol could be as simple as eating less red meat and more baked or grilled fish, Weaver said. "If you like that fish that you dip in hot oil (or deep fry), you just lost the benefit" of a low-cholesterol food, he said.

Some conditions, such as increased cholesterol and hypertension, are often simply the result of increasing in age. "A lot of things happen as we get older," he said.

However, exercising 30 or 40 minutes five times a week — even if some of it is taking the stairs instead of an elevator, or parking farther from the store and walking across the parking lot — helps.

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