Diet, exercise can cut men's health risks

July 30, 2012 at 7:54 PM

BETHESDA, Md., July 30 (UPI) -- Fat men can cut their risk for diabetes, heart and kidney disease and some cancers by exercising more and eating healthier, U.S. officials say.

Dr. Griffin Rodgers at the National Institutes of Health suggests men who are overweight or obese can improve their health -- and, if they're dads, set a good example for their kids -- by doing some simple things.

Start by making a plan that includes good eating habits and exercise, Rodgers said.

"Aim for 30 minutes of exercise, five or more times a week; a brisk walk at lunch or after dinner, weight training with a friend, or playing soccer on a local team, are activities that dad can consider," Rodgers said in a statement. "Men can encourage their family to be active and play together."

Men at risk for developing type 2 diabetes can prevent it by making healthy lifestyle changes, Rodgers said.

However, before implementing their new lifestyle plans, men should check with their doctors, Rodgers added.

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