If you're carrying a few extra pounds, you're not alone. But this is one case where following the crowd isn't a good idea. Carrying extra weight — especially belly fat — can be risky.
Michael Jensen, M.D., an endocrinology specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., answers common questions about belly fat in men.
The only problem with postrace parties, backyard barbecues, and picnics is the menu: Too much classic summer fare packs unhealthy fat and skimps on carbs, vitamins, and minerals. But you can give warm-weather favorites an upgrade by making healthy swaps that keep the flavor and add nutrients. When dining alfresco, store food in tight-fitting containers (to avoid spillage), keep cold food chilled, and pack antibacterial wipes for cleaning hands and food surfaces.
All adults should visit their health care provider from time to time, even if they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:
- Screen for diseases
- Assess risk of future medical problems
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle
- Update vaccinations
- Maintain a relationship with a doctor in case of an illness