10 Best and Worst Cities for Men's Health

San Jose, Calif.: Give Your Heart a Lift

Weight training isn't a "cardio" workout, but it can prevent a coronary. Just look at San Jose, a city of lifters that also has the lowest rate of heart disease deaths.

"When your muscles are toned, they're more effective at extracting oxygen," says Dr. Theodore Chow, a cardiologist at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose. "That means your heart doesn't have to work as hard."

What's more, moderate resistance training (60 to 80 percent of your 1-rep max) may lower your blood pressure enough to significantly reduce some of your risk factors for heart disease, according to a 2011 study review published in the journal Hypertension.

San Francisco, Calif: Defuse a Gut Bomb

If you want to see fat mammals in San Fran, check out the sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf. You won't spot many heavy humans here, though—the city has the lowest obesity rate in our ranking. That may also help explain why prostate cancer is as rare as flat roads here.

"Following a low-fat, limited-calorie diet and maintaining a healthy weight, along with exercising regularly, contribute to reducing the incidence of prostate cancer," says Dr. Peter Carroll, the chairman of the urology department at the University of California at San Francisco school of medicine. An easy way to see if you're too heavy: Take "The Junk Test"—instructions here.

Plano, Texas: Survive Your Drive

Texas may have the highway with the fastest speed limit in the country (85 mph!), but Plano knows how to make drivers slow down.

From 2005, the year before the city installed red-light cameras, to 2010, crashes at camera-monitored intersections decreased by almost 40 percent, according to the city's police department. The net effect: a motor vehicle accident death rate well below the national average. But even if your city is sans cameras, you can still reduce your own risk of being T-boned.

"If you're the first car at a stop light, you have a duty to look for approaching traffic even when entering the intersection on green," says Jeff Agnew of the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running.

Seattle, Wash.: Order Venti Protection

To fight the Big C, you need a Bigger C: coffee, the official beverage of Seattle.

A new American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that drinking 4 or 5 cups of coffee a day reduces colorectal cancer risk by 15 percent. But it isn't just the java that's taming tumors in the city.

"The above-average economy in Seattle may provide men here with better access to colon cancer screening," says Dr. Bruce Lin, a gastrointestinal oncologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in the city. "And that's the number one way to prevent colon cancer."

Worried about the colonoscopy prep? A 2012 study in Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology found that a combo of Gatorade and the laxative polyethylene glycol (found in Miralax) was just as effective as a traditional colon cleanser and easier to tolerate. The net effect: Study participants were more likely to comply. Talk with your doctor about switching. (To ward off the big C, here are the 3 Steps You Must Take to Cancer-Proof Your Body.)


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