Men 40 & Over…
So you or your guy has hit that magical age of 40… At the end of the day now and going forward, we suggest that your Health & Fitness routine become a bit more consistent. In fact, as you move over the 40 year hurdle, wellness is of utmost importance, and guys should now have their own health as a primary focus.
There are a few things which surface around or just past this age marker. This may include things such as declined or lower testosterone levels, and the onset of prostate issues also become higher on the radar. The possibility of showing the full signs of diabetes become a bit more common around age 40 or just after.
Multivitamins: Some persons tend to make suggestions such as to start adding multivitamins to the diet. It is suggested that part of the decline also means that the absorption of nutrients from food has also started to drop as well. Therefore a guy needs to get as much help as he can, of course with the guidance of his doctor it is even better. Of particular importance may be Vitamin B-12, and also any time after 40 and even before age 50 is an excellent time to start getting B12 from a supplement or multivitamin.
Prostate: One of the health challenges in men is the onset of prostate cancer. Ideally men should get checked around this age marker, as some studies indicate that up to 30% of men have asymptomatic prostate cancer. In other words, there are no signs of cancer starting up. However with the advance in technology various blood tests can be done to detect the onset of prostate cancer. Some professionals have suggested that you can adjust your diet where you choose a low-fat diet. Foods containing fats include but are not limited to nuts, oils and fatty meats as well as cheeses and dairy. There were studies which showed that men who consumed foods high in fat daily – had an increased risk of prostate cancer.
There are also to be considered things such as body weight and the amount of a man’s physical activity which play a role on the chances of prostate cancer. The recommendation is to eat different types of fruits and vegetables daily. This may be tied any where around the 2 to 2.5 cups in the amount of fruits and vegetables to consume daily. Additionally staying within a healthy weight range seems to have some positive impact.
Heart. Heart Disease comes to the fore around this age range as well. This can be as a result of the years of our lifestyle catching up to our bodies and giving us pay-back. Additionally stress and its effects if not controlled can impact our heart health negatively. These stressors may be as a result of work, personal or even due to a lack of sleep. Consider relaxation techniques – and other ways to managing stress. Any other bad habits which may now cause our heart to work harder we have to also control or reduce significantly.
Diet. Although some of us have gotten away with a poor diet until now, and some men will continue into the dietary habits that are not ideal, there are some men at this age who will consider what they put into their bodies. Let us not struggle to figure it out… Some of what is recommended include foods which are high in lycopene and this aids in prostate health as well.
Additionally other recommended foods include those which are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as from those cold water fish such as salmon and sardines or even from vegetable such as flax seed. In some quarters, green tea is recommended for men over 40 as it is said to help to enhance mental health and help our brain power as well as managing weight. Further to this green tea is good for the heart.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) three to four servings of lean beef per week is good. This means that as a man you get a high supply of amino acids, as well as zinc which is good for testosterone production (remember testosterone levels start to drop), and there is good iron in beef. Beef is also high in phosphorus, niacin and vitamin B6 and B12. as well as selenium. Trace minerals such as selenium help in healthy eyes, and healthy hair as well as contributing to other biochemical processes in our bodies.
Chocolate. Yes! but more so the dark chocolate for men over 40 is good in the right amounts of course. Why?
- Improves Sex Life
- Increase Energy Levels
- Powerful Source of Anti-Oxidants
- Improves Brain Health
- Reduce Cardio-vascular Risks
This is just a snapshot of what you as a man, or your favorite guy can do as he approaches the 40 year marker of life. Try it lets see…