In many ways, turning 40 is an amazing rite of passage. You’re more mature and much wiser, but if you’re a man, you’ve also got a lot of health risks to think about.
Below the Waist
Pay attention to your health below the waist after you enter your 40s. There are many health risks below the belt that you should stay aware of.
1. Stomach pains: If you’re experiencing stomach pains, it could be a warning sign of testicular cancer. This cancer has no specific cause, which makes it a very frightening health risk. If there is a history of testicular cancer in your family, make sure your physician aware.
2. Frequent urination: Painful or frequent urination can be caused by prostate cancer. Look for blood in the urine as well, which can be a sign.
3. Painful urination: While painful urination can be a warning sign of prostate cancer, it may also be a sign of kidney stones. They are more common in men, and risk of getting these stones increases in 40s-something men.
Torso and Waist
Poor diet and exercise habits start catching up with you in your 40s. There are many ways that these habits may manifest.
4. Stress: High blood pressure is often the result of stress, something many men experience in high levels as they go through their 40s. The pressure to look young and be successful can be wearing. Check your blood pressure at least once a year.
5. Heart disease: Heart disease is the number one killer of men aged 45 to 54. Stress is a big risk factor for heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack
6. Exercise: High cholesterol is a big problem for men in their 40s, and it often comes in conjunction with high blood pressure. Healthy diet and exercise is the best way to avoid high cholesterol, which can lead to heart attack.
7. Weight: You may notice that you’re gaining excess weight around the waist, a problem that can lead to diabetes. Stay trim around your midsection to avoid diabetes and obesity.
8. Smoking: Now’s the time to stop smoking. As men reach age 45, their risk of suffering a stroke increases significantly. Smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes can all increase your stroke risk.
While you’re focusing on the health of your body, don’t forget about the health of your head.
9. Eyes: Failing eyesight may occur in men in their 40s, even those who have seen perfectly in the past.
10. Ears: Hearing problems may begin to manifest themselves among men in their 40s. If you’re having trouble understanding, or people around you are complaining about the volume you’re using, have your ears checked.
Pay attention to risk factors that compromise your health. Men in their 40s will begin noticing some of these problems for the first time. Start taking care of yourself now to avoid bigger problems later.