Many men try to avoid anything to do with seeing
their doctor. However, it is important to get a full health check
once in a while if you are a frequent traveller.
Check your Weight
The number of overweight males in the United Kingdom
has continued to rise over the last 20 years, and you are at risk
of health problems if you are overweight. Discuss with your Doctor
what would be a suitable weight and, if required, make an effort
to reduce your weight slowly.
When travelling, try to eat at regular meal times
in your destination country. Avoid grabbing snacks inbetween meals.
Eating a good breakfast at local time will set you up for the day
and help avoid the eleven o'clock hunger pangs.
If the food is self-service, just cut down on your
portions. Eating a little less food over a period of time will eventually
Check your Alcohol Consumption
Recognise that in many ways, alcohol is a drug and
should be treated with respect. A weekly limit of alcohol should
not go above 28 units, although a healthy limit should remain below
21 units per week. This amounts to about 3 glasses of wine or 2
pints of beer each day. Too much alcohol can have an adverse effect
on your health -- as well as causing impotence and a lower sex drive,
it can cause damage to the liver, brain and heart muscle.
Alcohol can have a positive effect and has been
seen to help reduce cholesterol levels when used in moderation.
Red wine has been shown to have benefits when drunk with a meal.
In a study looking at alcohol related accidents
abroad, it was noted that more accidents are caused by drunken pedestrians
than drivers -- if you must drink while you are away, make sure
you have booked a reputable taxi company to pick you up and return
you to your hotel afterwards.
Check how much you are smoking
If you smoke, you will be well aware of your increased
risk of heart disease, lung cancer, respiratory disorders and general
health. "No smoking" on most flights now gives the smoker
an excellent excuse to give up.
If you do want to give up smoking, discuss this
with your doctor and make sure you get full support and medication
as an option. If you continue to smoke and this is making you unbearable
to travel with, get advice from your Doctor. Many incidences of
air rage are a direct result of people being stressed, as they are
unable to smoke on long flights.