Men: Health Tips for Your 40s
by Adelina Espat
Staying 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 so you can keep off unwanted pounds. Avoid weight gain by bulking up on fruits and vegetables, and cutting back on red and processed meats. (link to meat and potato article)
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. Even worse, the American Cancer Society points out that cigar smoking also is connected to impotence.
FIX: 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 are happy, healthy and smoke-free. Guaranteed.
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.”
Current Issue - May 2013
Content - September 2011
Cancer Risk Check
Could you be more likely to get cancer?
Find out by taking MD Anderson’s Cancer Risk Check.