As we age and go from decade to decade, we will face certain health risks, threats to our life with a large portion of them preventable. I have put together a list of the top 10 risks found in men around the age of forty, four decades into our life.
High Cholesterol – Years of high fat foods are now starting to catch up to men at this age. No longer can they eat what ever they want without consequences. We all know that diet and exercise is necessary to keep this at bay, we have known it for years, but now is the time to take action. Generally you can lower this naturally by diet but in some cases it has to be controlled by medication.
High Blood Pressure – Similar to cholesterol a mans blood pressure may begin to rise around this age. Many men find this age to be very stressful regarding their careers. If you have children you have so many considerations and expenses for example will you send your child to college?
Colon Cancer – This seems to have much more attention being paid to it and well it should. A man should definitely have is prostate checked regularly. Some doctors will have you do an in home test and if there is any irregularity they will have you undergo a colonoscopy in order to find any polyps in the body and to remove them prior to becoming cancerous. This may be a little uncomfortable but well worth the discomfort.
Erectile Dysfunction – Not an easy topic with most men. This certainly is not deadly but it can be an indicator that there are other health risks. Most men who have diabetes, take cholesterol medication, are alcoholics and varied other diseases are candidates for this dysfunction. Not an easy thing to deal with for those who want to have an active sex life but it can be managed if your are determined.
Diabetes – If developed around this age it is referred to as “adult onset” diabetes. The simplest way for a man to keep an eye on this is to track his waist measurement on a regular basis and keep it under 40 inches. Belly fat is one of the biggest contributors of diabetes.
Obesity – Like women, when men reach their 40’s they have to watch what they eat, gone are the days of putting anything you like in your mouth. There is not a lot that needs to be said regarding this, we all know the problem and the answer yet we don’t do anything with this knowledge. Well this is the time to start paying attention and doing something about it.
Kidney Stones – These are such a painful thing to experience and are caused by excess calcium build up. Usually detected when you are in excruciating pain. Smaller stones pass all by themselves through our urine but other may have to be removed surgically or another procedure is to break them up with shock waves otherwise known as Lathotrypsy. If these pieces don’t pass through the urine a stint may be inserted which makes a pathway for the stones.
Testicular Cancer – Just the name sounds scary enough so it should be something that any man would be more than willing to watch for. Some of the things to look out for are dull pain in the lower abdomen or back, enlarged testicles, pain or excess breast tissue.
Prostate Cancer – This cancer rates the third highest killer among men. You generally won’t find this in men under the age of forty but the risk rises over the next twenty years. Men who are of African American persuasion are more inclined to develop this type of cancer. If you find that you are having a problem urinating, your ejaculations are painful, abdominal pain, you have the feeling of lethargy or even an unexplained weight loss you should consult your doctor immediately to confirm or rule out the cancer.
Tooth Decay – To avoid this it is simple; do as you were told as a child and brush your teeth at least twice a day; three times is even better. Always visit your dentist twice a year for checkups. Bad teeth are a clear reflection of your health and need to be taken care of in the same way we take care of our bones.
Sources: – Men’s Health , WebMd, Mayo Clinic