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When men hit 40, they can effectively close the chapter in the part of their life when they could take their health for granted.As they approach middle age, they have more health risks than ever before and they need to be addressed in order to live a healthy life.Getting yourself checked out for prostate cancer, taking care of your heart by getting ANS testing and other diagnostics done, exercising, and eating properly are all things that should be done once you start to get a little grey.

Get Tested For Prostate Cancer

It may sound like an unpleasant experience, but getting a prostate exam is a vital part of keeping yourself out of a premature grave.As you get older, your risk for prostate cancer increases, and if you have a family history of prostate cancer, you are at a much higher risk than a man with no reported history of prostate cancer.Doctors recommend screening for prostate cancer after 40.Aside from hereditary factors, your risk of prostate cancer may be tied to race as well as diet.African-American males are 60% more likely than white American males to develop prostate cancer in their lifetime and countries where diets consist of meat and dairy regularly have shown more susceptibility to develop prostate cancer than in other cultures.

Taking Care of Your Heart

It’s no secret that your heart is one of the most important organs in terms of keeping you going, so it makes sense that you shouldn’t take it for granted.Even if you aren’t feeling any pain or discomfort, it is a good idea to get your heart checked out before it becomes an issue.As we get older, heart health becomes increasingly important and getting some tests done is a great way to figure out if you are at risk for a heart attack or other health complications.Monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol levels should be your first step, but there are also other ways to monitor your health, like going through ANS testing.ANS testing can indicate if you are at risk for complications such as hypertension, cardiac autonomic neuropathy, or a silent heart attack.

Regular Exercise

This is a good health tip for any age, but it becomes even more important when your metabolism starts to slow down.While any exercise is great, it’s important to realize that exercising as you approach middle age is pretty different than when you were exercising in your 20’s.For one thing, connective tissue like cartilage and ligaments lose elasticity as you age, making high-impact exercises less comfortable than they were 20 years prior.If you’re used to running for a few miles around the neighborhood, but you’re starting to feel the wear and tear, consider changing to a lower-impact exercise like bicycling or swimming.

Eating Differently

In your 20’s you were probably able to eat just about anything you wanted without gaining a pound.It may be a tough pill to swallow, but you’re not 20 anymore.As with exercise, eating right becomes increasingly important after 40 due to a slower metabolism.On top of that, once you reach 45, you are at greater risk for heart disease than you have ever been.Part of this is diet and the fact that most men don’t adjust how they eat once they get older.Talk to a dietician and get yourself on a diet plan to not only keep those extra pounds off but to also keep your ticker in great shape.

Life doesn’t have to end at 40, but if you don’t take care of yourself, it very well could.Doing what is necessary to keep yourself healthy is all part of being a responsible adult.

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Randy is a personal trainer who speciliazes in fitness training and conditioning for middle aged men and women.

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