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Navigating Men's health in their 40s

Reaching your 40s is a significant milestone, often marked by a combination of personal and professional achievements. It is also a crucial time to be more aware of your health. 


As men enter their 40s, they face increased health risks and potential changes in their bodies. Understanding these risks and adopting a proactive approach to men's health can make a substantial difference in maintaining a high quality of life.

 

Increasing health risks

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Diabetes
prostate cancer
Joint pain
mental health

Cardiovascular Disease

The risk of heart disease increases with age. Men in their 40s should be particularly vigilant about their cardiovascular health, as this is when hypertension and high cholesterol often begin to manifest. Being aware of your blood pressure and cholesterol can be valuable; as can focusing on mitigating your own cardiovascular risk with a healthy diet and regular exercise.


Diabetes 

Type 2 diabetes becomes more prevalent in this age group, especially if there is a family history or poor lifestyle choices such as unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.


Cancer

The risk for various cancers, including prostate, colorectal, and skin cancer, increases with age. Remaining vigilant for the onset of any relevant symptoms, and taking up offers of cancer screening programmes is recommended to identify any problems early.


We also know that many cancers are more likely in those with unhealthy lifestyles, such as excess weight, smoking, alcohol and a poor diet.


Osteoporosis and Joint Issues

Although more often associated with women, men also face the risk of osteoporosis and joint problems as they get older, particularly if they have a sedentary lifestyle or a diet low in calcium and vitamin D.


Mental Health 

Stress, anxiety, and depression can peak during this decade due to personal and professional pressures. Men often neglect mental health, but early identification and input is essential. 

 

How to manage and maintain men's health

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Diet 

Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Reducing processed foods, sugars, and saturated fats can help manage weight and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.


Exercise 

Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week, combined with muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days per week. This routine helps maintain cardiovascular health, muscle mass, and overall men's health and well-being.


Alcohol Consumption

Moderation is key, and both men and women are advised to consume less than 14 units per week. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver disease, cardiovascular issues, and increase the risk of certain cancers.


Adequate Sleep

Everyone’s sleep requirements are slightly different, but as general rule you should aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Good sleep hygiene includes maintaining a regular sleep schedule, ensuring a suitable sleeping environment, and avoiding screentime before bed.


Managing stress

Incorporate stress-reducing practices such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or hobbies that are enjoyable or relaxing. It’s important to maintain a healthy work/life balance, too.


Hydration

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Proper hydration supports overall bodily functions and can improve energy levels and cognitive function.


Health check

At the age of 40 men are invited to a men's health check at their GP surgery. This is an opportunity to have your weight, height and blood pressure checked, along with your cholesterol.


Alternatively there are a number a full body MOT health checks that are not available on the NHS that provide a comprehensive overview of your health.


One Day Tests have a wide selection of men's health related health tests that provide you with knowledge of how well your body is currently functioning, identify potential health issues in their early stages and give reassurance about your health that will help you make informed decisions about future lifestyle habits.


In our tests you will be tested for a number of biomarkers. A biomarker is a measurable indicator in the blood used to identify disease or a risk of developing it. 


So choosing a test with more biomarkers included is a sign that more functions of the body are being tested.


Here is a selection of our most popular full body checks.



 

Body changes with increasing age

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Reduced metabolism

Men in their 40s often notice a decrease in metabolism, which can lead to weight gain if dietary habits and physical activity are not adjusted accordingly. This change makes it essential to pay closer attention to calorie intake and increase physical activity to maintain a healthy weight.


Muscle Mass Decline

Sarcopaenia, the gradual loss of muscle mass, begins to accelerate in the 40s. Incorporating strength training exercises can help counteract this decline, maintaining muscle strength and mass.


Hormonal Changes 

Testosterone levels gradually decline as men age, which can affect muscle mass, bone density, and libido. While this is a natural part of aging, significant drops in testosterone can lead to fatigue, depression, and decreased sexual function.


Vision and Hearing 

Presbyopia, the loss of near vision, and hearing loss can start to become noticeable in the 40s. Regular eye and hearing exams are important to detect and manage these changes early.


Skin Changes 

Aging skin becomes less elastic and more prone to wrinkles and dryness. Protecting skin from sun exposure, moisturizing regularly, and staying hydrated can help maintain skin health.


Prostate Enlargement 

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is common as men age, causing urinary symptoms such as frequent urination or difficulty starting urination. Regular check-ups can help monitor and manage prostate health.

 

Conclusion

Men’s health in their 40s requires a proactive approach, focusing on regular health screenings, maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, moderating alcohol consumption, and getting adequate sleep.


Recognising and adapting to the body’s changes is crucial for managing health risks associated with this decade. By prioritising your health now, you can reap the benefits for years to come.

 

About One Day Tests

One Day Tests offer you the power to manage your health like never before by monitoring and understanding your current and future health status. We don't just focus on men's health blood tests, we offer routine health checks for all genders, as well as specific tests for managing chronic conditions, or staying informed about your body. Our range of blood tests provides the ease, speed and accuracy in your results and providing the peace of mind you deserve.


Whether you choose to visit a clinic for your blood test or opt for the convenience and comfort of using our at-home blood test kits , we ensure a service that is not only dependable but also tailored to suit your preferences.


For additional assistance, guidance or queries regarding our custom panels, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our team is here to help you with any questions and provide you with the information you need. You can contact us at 0845 527 07 67 , send an email to hello@onedaytests.com , or reach out to us via WhatsApp.

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