Your 40s is a time of mid-life transition. It’s especially an important decade for preventing common health problems. Here are the 10 most common health risks for men in their 40s:
High Cholesterol: Men aged 45 years or older have an increased risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. Your risk of high cholesterol may increase if a father or bother was affected by early heart disease before the age of 55. The trans-fats, saturated fat and cholesterol in the food you eat raise your cholesterol levels. Being overweight can also make your cholesterol go up.
Managing your diet by eating good fats and increasing your physical activity helps lower cholesterol.
High Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is a common condition and about 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure. Blood pressure will typically increase with age. Unhealthy lifestyle habits can contribute to high blood pressure levels. For example, eating too much salt, smoking or drinking too much alcohol can increase your BP. A lack of potassium in your diet or a lack of physical activity can also raise your BP.
You can lower your blood pressure by following a healthy diet and being physically active. You’ll have to make lifestyle changes and quit smoking. Managing your stress and learning to de-stress will help you lower your BP.
Colon Cancer: This is a type of cancer that can be prevented. Screening is the best defense against colon cancer. It is highly treatable if detected early. There are many ways to do a screening. A colonoscopy can detect cancer early and it can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they grow into cancer. You should speak to your physician about the most suitable colorectal cancer test.
You can prevent this type of cancer by managing the main risk factors such as diet and physical activity. It’s best to limit your intake of red and processed meats, you should also take the suggested dose of calcium and vitamin D on a daily basis, as well as eating more vegetables and fruits.
Erectile Dysfunction: This isn’t a direct consequence of being older in age. It is generally a result of underlying health problems and it is more common as men grow older. A variety of risk factors can cause erectile dysfunction. They include diabetes, heart problems, use of tobacco because it restricts blood flow to the veins and arteries, being overweight, medications such as antidepressants and antihistamines can also cause erectile dysfunction.
The best way of preventing this is by working with your doctor to manage your current health problems. You should also exercise regularly, quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol.
Diabetes: Being a man puts you at great risk for diabetes. Obesity is the leading lifestyle risk for developing diabetes. Excess fat can cause the breakdown of fat stored within the body’s cells. Sleep habits also impact diabetes risk, when you don’t get enough sleep, your blood sugar levels rise and your sensitivity to insulin decreases. A variety of things can increase your risk of developing diabetes such as stress, thick blood, low testosterone and genes.
You can prevent this by eating healthy and maintaining an active lifestyle. Broccoli and grapefruit are good for consumption because it helps regular blood glucose levels.
Obesity: Obesity should be treated as soon as possible. Obesity is often the gateway for various diseases such as coronary artery disease, cancer and cardiovascular death. Excessive eating and drinking will often lead to obesity. It will eventually harm every aspect of health, from shortening life and contributing to chronic conditions to interfering with sexual function, breathing, mood, and social interactions. It isn’t a permanent condition and it can be prevented with consistent exercise and a moderate diet.
Tooth Decay: The older you are, the weaker your teeth become. Teeth can wear down and your gums may begin to recede. Tooth roots are covered with a coating called cementum, and that cementum fades away when the root surface is exposed.
To prevent the destruction of tooth structure, you can brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. You should also check with your dentist about dental sealants to protect them from decaying. Take an oral exam when visiting your dentist for professional cleanings.
Kidney Stones: Men are likely to develop kidney stones, and it is likely from an unhealthy diet. Dehydration and obesity can increase your risk of kidney stones. The pain can be unbearable, so it is best to know how to prevent it. Drink plenty of water, get the calcium you need, reduce your sodium, and limit your overall intake of animal protein. As you get older try your best to also avoid stone-forming foots such as beets, chocolate, spinach, rhubarb, tea, and nuts.
Testicular Cancer and Prostate Cancer: Age is just one of the factors that can increase a man’s risk of developing any type of cancer. Other risks include diet and weight, ethnicity, family history and testosterone levels.
As you grow older, a habit of routine care becomes tougher. Females tend to visit their physician on a regular basis, but men can sometimes fall out of it. Some males make the mistake of assuming they’re healthy and there’s no need for a visit. But that’s the wrong attitude to have, don’t ever skip out on a visit to the doctor. People of all ages should continue to get regular checkups. That’s one habit you should never stop because it will pay off in the long run.