Men are susceptible to certain health problems as their bodies age. If you’re past the age of 40, there are additional precautions that you should be taking to maintain good health. These five useful wellness tips can help you as you age.
Take Nutritional Supplements
You already know the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, but you may need to take extra nutritional supplements to increase your intake of certain nutrients to help you stay healthy while getting older. Magnesium supplements can increase your energy level and promote better heart health. You can also benefit by taking calcium and zinc as well as supplements with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Consult with your doctor before taking any new supplements.
Check Blood Pressure Regularly
Blood pressure tends to increase with age, so it’s important to check yours regularly with any monitor that you can buy in a store. Your blood pressure may be dangerously high or low without you realizing it, and you should see your doctor right away if it’s outside of the healthy range. If the top number on your blood pressure reading (systolic) is higher than 140 and the bottom number (diastolic) is higher than 90, then you’re considered to have high blood pressure. If your reading is lower than 70 over 40, your blood pressure is too low.
Get Diabetes Screenings
Diabetes occurs when the body’s insulin has trouble regulating blood sugar levels. Older men as well as men of any age who are overweight and maintain poor diets are at greater risk of developing this condition. According to MedlinePlus, men who are over the age of 45 and in good health should be screened every three years. If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, medications and lifestyle changes may reverse the condition.
Have Your Prostate Checked
Prostate cancer is more common among men than breast cancer is for women. Getting your prostate screened regularly beginning at age 50 is recommended. You might also have an enlarged prostate that’s making it difficult for you to urinate, and your doctor can suggest treatments that may alleviate the problem. If you have an enlarged prostate that’s contributing to your erectile dysfunction, taking an ED medication can help.
Undergo a Colonoscopy
Men are at greater risk for getting colon cancer than women. Once you reach your 50th birthday, you should schedule to have a colonoscopy performed so that a doctor can look for signs of colon cancer and other problems within the digestive tract. If you have a history of colon cancer, your doctor may recommend getting screenings starting at an earlier age. During your screening, any polyps found in your colon can be removed before they turn cancerous.