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Men: Health tips for your 40s

Focused on Health - August 2013

by Adelina Espat

40s men healthStaying in fighting shape is one of your best defenses against cancer and other diseases. Use these tips to help you look and feel your best in your 40s.

Fight the battle of the bulge

PROBLEM: As you get older, your metabolism decreases. This is especially true for men after age 40, who may have a hard time staying at the same weight they had in their 20s and 30s.

FIX: Making healthy food choices and staying active every day can help jump-start your metabolism and keep off unwanted pounds. Avoid weight gain by bulking up on fruits and vegetables, and cutting back on red and processed meats.

Cigars: Lights out

PROBLEM: Smoking a cigar or two to celebrate a special occasion might seem more sophisticated and less dangerous than smoking cigarettes.

But one large cigar can contain as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes. That increases your odds of getting lung cancer. The American Cancer Society also points out that cigar smoking is connected to impotence.

FIX: Avoid all tobacco products. Instead of lighting up for an occasional social smoke, pay attention to how good it feels to spend time with friends. Your friends, family and co-workers prefer your company when you’re happy, healthy and smoke-free. Guaranteed.

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Get more health tips by age

“Practicing these healthy behaviors is important for all men, regardless of age,” says Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “So take note of all of these tips — even the ones directed toward men older or younger than you.”

And talk to your doctor about cancer screening exams. Exams are available for those at increased risk for lung and skin cancer. Your doctor can help you learn about your personal risk for cancer, and tell you what exams you should get and how often.

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