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After the age of 40, it’s important for men to take a more proactive approach to their health. It’s the age when latent problems might begin to emerge, and the consequences of poor lifestyle choices begin to take their toll. 

That’s not to say all men will begin to experience problems, as everyone is different and our state of health is affected by many variables including genetics and preexisting conditions. 

However, many men have not been used to taking a proactive approach to their health due to social pressures to appear strong and capable, or reluctance to speak about personal matters with a healthcare professional.  By the age of 40, it’s more important to take charge of your health and ensure that you get the most out of the years to come.

Heart disease

As we get older, the chances of developing heart disease increase. A diet that is high in fat can cause the arteries to become clogged up, and this puts more pressure on the heart. It also prevents the blood from circulating efficiently around the body, meaning that the vital organs receive less nutrients and oxygen that they need to function properly. 

Therefore it becomes more important to eat a healthy balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats should be strictly limited and alcohol intake should be no more than 14 units per week. 

Regular exercise such as running, swimming, cycling, and weight training can help to keep the heart healthy and control weight gain. By eating well and exercising, you will also maintain muscle mass which tends to decrease as we age. You will also have more energy and a stronger immune system.

Sexual health and low testosterone

By the age of 40, problems with sexual health become more common. These include erectile dysfunction (ED), which is defined as the inability to get or achieve an erection long enough for a satisfactory sexual experience. Testosterone levels begin to dip, and in some cases, men may develop a testosterone deficiency. 

Men may be reluctant to discuss their sex drive or erection problems with a doctor, but if the problem is persistent it is very important to do so. ED can be the first sign of serious issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, and diabetes.

There is no need to put up with an unsatisfactory sex life just because you are getting older. By taking charge of your health at 40 or beyond, you can give yourself the best chance of making a long-lasting change. ED is a treatable condition, with some lifestyle changes and either prescription or non-prescription medications. 

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