Health Tips After Turning 40

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Most people keep generic health tips in mind daily, like drinking water and exercising. It may surprise you that your age affects which health tips are most crucial for your well-being.

Consider taking these steps to protect your health after turning 40 and continuing them as you enjoy the many adventures that come with this stage of life.

1. Schedule a Colonoscopy

Along with getting a yearly checkup from your doctor, you should start scheduling annual colonoscopies. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend regular screenings after turning 45, but you may need them sooner if colon cancer runs in your family. Early detection could save your life, so the hour-long procedure is worth your time.

2. Get Annual Mammograms 

If you have breasts, you must get mammograms once a year. Many people think this procedure should start after turning 50, but starting earlier is always better. The screening could detect cancerous growths, cysts or benign tumors that cause you pain. This is a preventative procedure, so your health insurance will likely cover the cost.

3. Rethink Your Exercise Routine

Exercise is always an excellent addition to your routine, but specific exercises can be more helpful after turning 40. Middle-aged people can develop sarcopenia, which is a condition that accelerates the loss of muscle mass that occurs anyway as people age.

You can maintain and develop your muscles with low-impact exercises. Pilates combines yoga and weight training to strengthen muscle groups without hurting your joints. Taking extra precautions by comparing cushioning yoga mats for your workouts can make exercising more comfortable.

4. Focus on Your Posture

The loss of muscle mass due to age also leads to curvature of the spine and causes people to become permanently bent forward at their shoulders. Keep your back straight while sitting at your work desk or computer to start a mindful habit of monitoring your posture. This simple health tip will prevent aches and pains, along with reconsidering how you sleep and letting others lift heavy objects.

5. Test Your Blood Annually

Routine blood tests are essential after turning 40. Your doctor will use them to monitor health factors such as:

  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • White blood cell count
  • Vitamin and mineral levels
  • Hormone levels

Sometimes diagnosing a patient based on vague or common symptoms is challenging. Blood tests pinpoint exact reasons that could contribute to your health concerns or call attention to a condition before it develops. Talk with your doctor about beginning these tests and how you can make yourself comfortable while getting your blood drawn if you’re anxious or faint at the sight of blood.

6. Monitor Your Blood Pressure

Anyone can monitor their blood pressure at home, so you might consider adding it to your daily or weekly routine. It’s also imperative if hypertension runs in your family.

If you have abnormally high blood pressure after eating a particular dinner or throughout the week, your doctor may recommend new medications or lifestyle changes to prevent a heart attack.

It’s Never Too Late to Get Healthy

Everyone should talk with their doctor about these health tips after turning 40. They could be the preventative care you need to maintain your wellness. New annual tests, checkups and other medical services may save your life and make you more comfortable while you continue living your life the way you enjoy most.

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