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10 Biggest Health Worries for Men Over 40

10 Biggest Health Worries for Men Over 40

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:02 PM

By the time most men reach 40 their bodies have gone through enough wear and tear that there are health concerns that need to be paid attention.

Best Life recently highlighted some of the problems men over 40 can face and conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or prostate gland enlargement, could warrant an immediate trip to the doctor while other conditions such as hair loss could indicate depression or even an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The key is knowing what to look out for.

Here we look at the 10 biggest health worries for men over 40, as listed by Best Life.

10. Prostate Cancer. Research suggests that a man's risk of prostate cancer rises from .005 percent to 2.2 percent after the age of 40. Early detection can save your life, which is why scheduling an annual exam is a must.

9. Clogged Arteries. Over time, plaque can build up in the arteries and start to cause inflammation and even clogging. This could trigger other health-related issues that include erectile dysfunction and heart attack.

8. Erectile Dysfunction. This disorder tends to be linked to other health issues. Obesity and even poor circulation can lead to erectile dysfunction, which affects close to 30 million Americans. It is always best to get it checked out.

7. Elevated Homocysteine. This byproduct of digestion can dramatically increase your risk of suffering a heart attack. Elevated levels of homocysteine, which affects between 20 to 40 percent of men, can be reduced through exercise and diet that eliminates dairy and red meat.

6. Stroke. Studies suggest that, after the age of 45, your risk of stroke doubles for every decade. While you are never too young to pay attention to risk factors such as elevated blood pressure, smoking and sedentary lifestyle, your 40s means now is the time to do so.

5. Heart Disease. Like the rest of your body, the heart ages. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. so adopting healthy lifestyle habits to safeguard your ticker is essential in your 40s.

4. Low Magnesium. Magnesium helps to limit cholesterol in the bloodstream. If you have made lifestyle changes yet your cholesterol levels remain high you may want to turn your attention to your magnesium levels.

3. High Cholesterol. Heart disease, stroke and various other health issues are linked to high cholesterol, which is why it is important to control these levels. However, diets that limit cholesterol may not be enough. You may be at risk of high cholesterol and not even know it. Which is why it is important to have it checked out regularly.

2. Melanoma. As men reach middle age, their risk for sun cancers such as melanoma increases. This is because sun damage is cumulative. Wearing sunscreen is a must, but so is paying attention to changes in the skin. Look out for growths or discolorations and let your doctor or dermatologist know immediately.

1. Mesothelioma-.The risk of developing this asbestos-related disease increases among men over 40. The issue is that symptoms such as chest pain, wheezing and coughing tend to be associated with other less serious health issues but if you have a history of exposure to asbestos it is essential to inform your primary care physician.

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