Avoid disease by following the basics

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Men's HealthMany of the medical issues that we treat at Collin County Urology are problems that definitely need professional attention – from kidney stones to infertility to erectile dysfunction, even cancer. But we always like to remind our friends and patients that there are steps we can all take to support our health, whether we’re sick or not. And many of the most basic recommendations can show up in a treatment plan for the diseases we see in our office.

We encourage you to treat yourself well by following some rules we know you’ve heard about before – but we think they’re worth repeating:

Get your rest
You should be sleeping seven to nine hours every night, no less than six, no more than 10. Too much or not enough sleep has been linked to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Drink less alcohol
Alcohol doesn’t only contribute to obesity and poor behavior. According to the CDC, men who drink three-four alcoholic drinks each day are at a higher risk of developing mouth, neck and throat cancers — and twice as likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver and high blood pressure.

Don’t smoke. Period.
Turns out even occasional smokers double their risk of early death – from cancer, heart and lung disease, and many other illnesses.

Eat fresh food
For one reason, packaged foods are loaded with sodium and other preservatives.

Move more, sit less
Binge-watching TV may be all the rage these days, but sitting in your recliner for three hours after sitting at work all day puts your health in danger. You’ve heard it, haven’t you? Sitting is the new <blank>. Insert any word for a thing that is bad for you.

Use sunscreen
Even if it’s overcast, winter time or close to sunset, skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays can still break through and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

Wear condoms
And not just to avoid pregnancy. According to the CDC, sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, and wearing condoms is an easy way to significantly lower your risk of catching one.

For more information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, call us today: 972-403-5425

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