Good health care is very important! People are living longer than ever, but men still lag behind women in their lifespans. Researches suggests that a leading reason for the “longevity gap” between men and women is that men don’t take care of themselves as well as women do. Surveys have found that women are much more likely than men to have a regular healthcare provider and to visit them within the course of a year. Men are also more likely to engage in “risky” behaviors – like smoking and drinking heavily – than women. By taking better care of themselves, experts agree, men can boost their odds of living healthier, longer lives.

See Your Health Care Provider Regularly

You should see your doctor at least once a year for a checkup, even if you feel very healthy and fit.

Use Sunscreen

Aging skin is more susceptible to sun damage, which boosts the risk of skin cancer. Use sunscreen year round and, for added protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat.

Eat Right

In later life, you still need to eat healthy foods, though you need fewer calories. Drink as much as water as possible and also consume as many greens (vegetables) as you can.

Spend Time With Others

Spending time and doing things with other people, of all ages, can help keep you mentally, physically, and emotionally fit. It’s a sign of good health care. It can also give your brain a boost and lift your mood. So volunteer, join a community, or meet up with other groups to get involved in activities you enjoy. Be sure to have fun, as this will reduce stress and prolong your life.

Take Vitamins and Supplements

Even if you eat healthy, you might still need a supplement. Before you take any, however, consult your doctor. Certain supplements can interact or interfere with medications you may be taking, like blood thinners. And high levels of some vitamins, especially fat-soluble vitamins that get stored in the body, like vitamins A, can be toxic in high concentrations.

A good rule of thumb for any medication or supplement: More does not equal better.