I recently listened to the most interesting webinar on men’s health. The presentation was given by David Grotto RD and titled “You’ve Got Male.” If any of you out there are members of AADE, you can watch it for free!
For those of you who are not members, I’ll try my best to summarize.
The average male does not see the doctor regularly. It often takes a guy either becoming very ill or enduring enough prodding from his significant other to get him to the doctor. Why would a guy resist going somewhere that is likely to make him better? According to Grotto, the average male frequently has the mindset that bad health happens to other guys, not to him. This also makes him more difficult to educate with regards to healthy lifestyle changes – better nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress relief… Therefore, threatening your male friend, significant other, or sibling with what could happen to their health usually doesn’t work.
What does work? According to Grotto’s research and his experience in private practice, men respond best to tangible things in the moment. In fact, there are five important factors that most men will respond to:
- Sexual performance
- Ability to be the caretaker of the family
- Appearance (believe it or not – most men hate being bald)
- Mental performance
- Physical performance
When one of these items are affected, a man is more likely to take action. So let’s talk about nutrition and lifestyle changes that will affect these things, specifically geared toward men…
- Diet low in saturated fats
- Diet rich in zinc, folate, omega-3s, and choline – eggs, lean chicken and turkey, grass-fed beef, sardines, salmon, greens, beans, nuts, seeds, low fat dairy products, vegetables, fruits, fortified cereals, and enriched whole grain products (breads, bagels, pasta)
- Eating breakfast
- Healthy snacks
- Regular exercise
Sex (Erectile Dysfunction):
- Diet rich in soluble fiber – oats, barley, mushrooms, citrus fruits, pears, prunes, psyllium (Metamucil), oatmeal, broccoli, carrots, lentils and beans
- Diet rich in nitric oxide – pomegranate, green leafy vegetables, lean protein (especially chicken), beans, soy, artichoke, buckwheat
- Lose weight, if needed
- Get enough sleep
This one is pretty simple. However, a dietitian who specializes in nutrition for the athlete would be able to be very specific here. I’m going to assume that most of you are not athletes, rather just the average person getting regular exercise.
- Variety is important – meals should contain all the necessary components – carbs, protein, and healthy fats
- Get enough sleep
Since it seems that most guys are so stubborn about going to the doctor, the best option is preventative measures. Therefore, we need to keep our guys healthy by making sure they eat healthy.