Male health tips: 40's

This article discusses the mid-life crisis, talks about the aches and pains men experience in their 40s, and examines some common medical conditions.

Middle age is an ironic time in a man's life. Although a lot of men have achieved their personal and professional goals by the time they've reached their early- to mid-40s, it is also a time when many face their mortality and begin to notice deteriorating physical health.

This article will discuss some tips to help the healthy male cruise over the hill and beyond. It will briefly discuss the physical conditions of mid-life crisis, discuss some of the aches and pains most men experience in their 40s, and examine some common medical conditions to be on the lookout for as you progress through your middle years.

While not every man will experience a mid-life crisis in his middle years, you can count on experiencing physical and emotional changes that will startle you. Most men will suffer some form of andropause, or lowered testosterone count, in their 40s, resulting in decreased energy levels, a marked reduction in libidinal desire, mood swings and lowered physical stamina.

Your body's supply of testosterone can be pumped up in a number of ways, including increasing your weights at the gym and eating red meat, but there is a test to determine andropause and hormone replacement is an option for some men.

You might not noticing a persistent ache or pain while getting out of bed and may become accustomed to numb or stiff limbs, but over time these afflictions will pile on and it's best to start a regular, healthy fitness schedule as soon as possible. High-impact activities promote stronger bones and a healthier heart and pumping weights helps spur hormone growth. Always give yourself time for a thorough warm up and stretch before starting any exercise plan.

Try to be aware of the pains in your bones and joints and address them as they come up. Proper posture and good blood circulation will go a long way towards alleviating your aches and pains, but if a problem persists, seek the advice of your doctor. Don't compound an injury by letting it go unattended in the hopes that it will cure itself.

As you age you are likely to experience weight fluctuations, but obesity becomes even more of an issue as we age. High blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are all linked to weight and a healthy body begins with good nutrition and regular exercise. Make good, healthy lifestyle choices: Quit smoking if you're currently a smoker, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables - which have been proven to combat both heart disease and cancer - and maintain a strenuous but safe workout regiment.

Managing your stress isn't just a good idea: It could be a lifesaver. High levels of stress will leave its mark on your body, disrupting your sleep cycles, leading to mood swings, depression and sexual dysfunction, and affect your blood pressure and heart condition. Regular exercise helps some men in their 40s deal with the almost ubiquitous stress of daily life, but if you find yourself paralyzed by your feelings of being overwhelmed, seek professional help.

Your doctor can refer you to a therapist who specializes on stress management or prescribe medications that may help you overcome this barrier in your life.

Be on the lookout for any symptoms of heart disease including shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, and swelling in your extremities, especially your ankles or legs. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, men have almost a 50% higher death rate from heart disease than women. Although some people may be predisposed towards heart problems, the vast majority of us can affect positive changes in our lives and avoid heart disease by exercising regularly - especially intense exercises - eating properly, and giving up dangerous activities such as smoking, overeating, and drinking.

Prostrate exams are a fact of life for the middle-aged man. When the prostrate enlarges it can lead to a number of serious problems including urinary problems -leading to frequent urination, inability to urinate on command, and reduced flow - and sexual dysfunction, and may be a sign of cancer. You should also make a habit of checking for lumps or bumps in your testicles. The best time to examine yourself is during a hot shower and if you find anything suspicious make sure you consult your doctor.

Maintaining good health will help keep you within your target weight, promote healthy blood pressure and heart condition, and help you build a body that will last a lifetime.

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