Is there any greater joy in life than being a dad? Raising kids and watching them grow up is so fulfilling that all too often, dads forget to care for themselves too. As men age, they face new health issues that may seem minor at first but lead to other problems with time. Whether you’re looking for health advice for dad or yourself, these tips will help ensure you and your family have a happy, healthy future together.
Vitamins are Vital
Daily vitamins are never a bad idea at any age, but they’re especially important for aging men. Regardless of diet and activity level, men often need extra vitamins and minerals once they reach their 40s and 50s because their bodies don’t absorb as much nutrition from food as they used to.
Daily supplements can provide a great boost to appearance, energy and immune response, among other things. Three of the most common vitamins for dads are:
- Magnesium – regulates blood sugar, blood pressure, and metabolism
- Vitamin B12 – helps with mood, liver, and skin
- Glucosamine/Chondroitin – promotes joint and muscle health and regeneration
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
One of the biggest health issues facing aging men is hair loss. Though it’s extremely common, male pattern baldness can have significant effects on a dad’s self-esteem and confidence. While many men come to terms with their baldness, others want to pursue treatment options.
The best treatment for hair loss is prevention. The medication finasteride can be taken as a preventative measure against male pattern baldness. It blocks DHT, which is thought to be the cause of hair loss in aging men.
If hair loss has already begun, the most effective medication is a hair regrowth product containing minoxidil, which promotes hair growth if taken consistently. For men with severe hair loss or those for whom medications have no effect, hair transplant surgery is an option. Recent medical advances have lowered the cost of this surgery, which produces very natural-looking results thanks to new technologies.
Pamper Your Skin
Think the skincare aisle is just for Mom? Think again! Dads need to practice proper skincare too. Wrinkles and sagging are common skin problems associated with aging, but skincare goes beyond appearances. Adequate care can help skin maintain its thickness and elasticity, preventing tears and injuries.
Skincare products aren’t one-size-fits-all, so choose ones designed for male skin. Men have thicker skin than women, with more blood vessels, hair follicles, and sweat glands. The most important products are a gentle cleanser (for twice-daily use to remove dirt and oil), an exfoliating scrub (to cleanse deep within the pores) and a moisturizer (to rehydrate after cleansing and prevent dry, cracked skin.)
Sunscreen is also vital, as skin becomes more sensitive to the sun as it ages. Around 90% of skin aging is caused by UV exposure, so slather on the sunblock before heading outdoors.
Get to Working Out!
Exercise is critical to everyone’s health – especially dads. It decreases stress, keeps the heart healthy, burns fat and helps prevent joint and muscle degradation. Whether it’s running, weightlifting or playing team sports, any physical activity has positive effects in both the short term and the long term.
Busy dads can find it tricky to work exercise into their daily routines, but there’s plenty of little things that make a big difference. Desk and car exercises, playing outside with the kids and even joining or starting a sports league at work are all great ways to get in top shape.
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