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Men's Health Week - Your Weight & Skin

4. Be a healthy weight

You can be both fat and fit at the same time but problems, such as cancer, can still arise. Therefore, it is imperative to know what weight you should be. There are multiple ways to check this out and know for sure:

Body Mass Index (BMI)

To calculate your BMI your height and weight are used to categorise you into a weight class: underweight; normal; overweight; obese; and morbidly obese.



If you are underweight or overweight, it is important to go see your doctor for advice on diet and lifestyle. However, it is important that BMI isn’t always accurate for athletes and those who are very short in height.

You can call into any one of our pharmacies and we’d be more than happy to calculate your BMI.

Waist Measurement

If your waist is over 37 inches or 94 centimetres you are at an increased risk of cancer.

To measure your waistline, find the top of your hipbone and at this point measure around your waist. Make sure to take the measurement at the end of your normal breath.

Weigh Your Age

Your metabolic age is also another way of measuring how fit and healthy you are for your age. Comparing your metabolic rate to the average rate of your chronological age.

Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of energy your body must use to keep you functioning when you are at rest daily. Although you are not physically active your body still needs to burn calories to function properly.

For more information on metabolic age and weighing your age have a look at our previous blog post.

Call into one of our pharmacies to get your metabolic age calculated.

5. Take care in the sun

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland. Thanks to our fair skin it is especially important that you make an effort to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

How to protect your skin?

  • Cover up always, whether in work or on holidays.
  • Get a hat to cover ears, nose and neck.
  • Stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm, the hours where the sun is at its highest and most dangerous to your sensitive skin.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and UVA protection. Apply plenty of sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you head out in the sun.
  • Get sunglasses to protect your eyes to avoid damage to your eyesight.

Every man needs to be careful in the sun whether at home or on holidays if you have:

  • Pale or freckled skin that burns easily.
  • Red or fair hair and blue, green or grey eyes.
  • A lot of moles on your skin.
  • A history of sunburn or skin cancer.
  • Someone in your family has or had skin cancer.

By following ‘The Big 5’ you can limit your risk of cancer and disease in the future.

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Irish men. Age, family history, race and diet are all factors that increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.

For an in-depth look into the causes, signs and symptoms and support, have a look at our previous blog post on prostate cancer.

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