For men turning 40, there are a number of changes that occur that can have an impact on their health. Without proper care and attention to your health, you could be at an increased risk of developing health problems, such as heart disease. If you are nearing your 40s or already there, here is what you need to know.
What Happens to Your Body at 40?
Your fortieth birthday can mark a turning point in your overall health. As you age, staying in good health will take more effort because of age-related changes. For instance, your height can begin to decrease. You can lose at least a quarter of an inch each decade starting now.
You will even notice changes to your skin. Years of sun exposure will now show up in the form of age spots, wrinkles, and sometimes broken blood vessels.
Your heart can also exhibit signs of wear and tear. Between the stress of everyday life and an increased risk of blood pressure and high cholesterol due to aging, you are more at risk of having heart disease. Without proper intervention now, you could experience a heart intervention sooner than you might think.
Getting older also means that any poor diet habits that you have could increase your risk of developing conditions, such as diabetes and cancer.
What Can You Do?
It is imperative that you take action now to keep your health on the right track. One of the first steps you should take is scheduling an examination by your primary care physician. He or she can assess your current health to determine if modifications to your lifestyle are needed now. Your physician can also prescribe treatment for any health conditions or problems that currently exist.
Since shrinking is a concern, talk to your primary care physician about exercises you can do to help strengthen and lengthen your spine. To combat skin problems, taking steps, such as covering up and wearing sunscreen can help.
You also need to get your diet in check.Your nutritional needs need to be re-evaluated by a professional, such as a dietitian. The dietitian can help you find a diet that works for you.
It is also time to incorporate exercise into your life if you have not been physically active to this point. Exercising not only helps to keep weight off, but it has a number of other benefits. For instance, if you are diabetic, it can be useful in keeping your blood sugar levels down. It can also give you a natural boost that can help alleviate stress, which is good for your heart.
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