There are certain health risks that should be monitored closely for men in their 40s. Here are 10 health risks for men in their 40s.
1. Skin cancer.
I have seen first-hand the damage the sun can do. Many male members in my family have had cases of skin cancer due to too much sun exposure. If you are an active guy that likes to be outdoors a lot wear sun protection. Put on sunscreen and wear a hat to protect the top of your head.
2. Testosterone deficiency.
Testosterone deficiency is a serious matter. As men age, it’s common for the production of testosterone to lower but if it’s too much and too rapidly this can cause problems. One of the major problems that can arise from testosterone deficiency is the weakening of the bones.
3. Depression and suicidal thoughts.
Depression and suicidal thoughts may be caused by a number of different things. Specifically for men in their 40s they might face these feelings and bad thoughts due to a “mid-life crisis”. It’s possible to have feelings of life coming closer to death which scares many people. Stress from planning for retirement can also cause this as well.
4. Prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers for men. Once you hit 40 it’s time to start heavily monitoring your health because there are not many early signs of prostate cancer. This is the time to start scheduling routine checkups with your doctor so in case you do get it you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
5. Lung cancer.
If you’ve been smoking for awhile now you have sustained a lot of damage to your body now that you’ve reached your 40s. Unfortunately many longtime smokers don’t plan on quitting anytime soon but you can quit at any age to better your health. Lung cancer is a big killer for men so if you are still smoking quit now if you want any chance of living a longer life.
6. High cholesterol.
High cholesterol is not good at any age but it tends to increase for men when they enter their 40s. This means changing lifestyle habits is now a must. A healthy diet combined with regular exercise can help lower cholesterol.
7. Erectile dysfunction.
It’s not thing to be ashamed or embarrassed about as this does commonly happen to men as they get older. Talk with your doctor about different things that you can be done to treat it. It may be as simple as taking a pill. It’s important to treat it because ED can be an early warning sign for other health risks.
8. High blood pressure.
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure can be a serious condition. There’s a higher risk of a stroke or heart attack if you have high blood pressure. To lower blood pressure you may just need to lose weight. It’s also good to maintain a healthy diet and to incorporate exercise regularly when trying to lower your blood pressure.
Too much sugar or lack of exercise over a long period of time will give you a greater chance of getting diabetes. Once you get it it’s nearly impossible for it to go away. It can be manageable with proper diet and exercise, just like many other things on this list. If it turns into a severe case though death is a possible outcome so start monitoring blood sugar levels in addition to overall health.
This is another big killer for men in their 40s and up. To lower the risk of a stroke you have to monitor almost everything mentioned on this list. Keeping blood pressure and cholesterol low will greatly decrease the chance of a stroke. Again, can’t be said enough, a proper diet and exercise is going to give you a longer and healthier life.