With a seemingly never-ending improvement in the quality of life of many, people are living longer and are enjoying better health. However, this does not mean that health risks have been completely eliminated. This is especially true for men in their 40s.
If you are turning 40 or are already enjoying your mid-life years, here are some of the health risks you need to be aware of and how to minimize their risks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. In fact, one out of every four male deaths in the United States in 2009 was from heart disease.
Solution: Get rid of the key risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, and high LDL cholesterol by exercising, eating well, and losing weight.
The same key risk factors for heart disease are also found in those that suffer from strokes, so if you’re at risk for one then you are at risk for both. The chance of having a stroke also increases with age.
While some stroke factors are genetic, if you are working to lower your risk of heart disease by watching what you eat and eliminating your risk of diabetes, you will also lower your risk of stroke.
High Blood Pressure
The older you get, the more likely you are to suffer from high blood pressure and if it goes untreated, it can lead to death through heart attack or stroke.
Solution: One of the best ways to lower blood pressure is through limiting your salt intake. Americans on average consume too much salt, which increases blood pressure.
Cholesterol is actually a substance your body needs but your body make a sufficient amount. However, when we consume extra cholesterol, it builds up as plaque in the arteries, effectively blocking blood flow. This can lead to increased chance of heart problems.
Solution: Prevention is the name of the game with cholesterol. Eating right, exercising regularly, and not smoking can severely lower high cholesterol. Some doctors will also prescribe medication depending on your risk factors.
Speaking of smoking, lung cancer is still a threat for many men, but especially among those that smoke. In fact, lung cancer kills more men than any other cancer.
Solution: Stop smoking. It’s that simple.