If you are over the age of 40, you may be experiencing some changes in your health that are concerning. Quite possibly you already have some existing conditions that you are also trying to manage. During midlife and beyond, men’s leading causes of death include familiar standbys: heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, suicide, and Alzheimer’s disease.
So we have compiled a small Top 5 Health Risks for men over 40. Remember, regular visits with your primary care physician is always a good idea.
1. Being Single
Studies have shown that married men live longer than their single counterparts who never married or who are divorced or widowed. Men that are never married are three times likely to die of cardiovascular disease than married men. Most single men have bad habits such as drinking too much, eating unhealthy and promiscuous sexual activity. Additionally, the social aspect of living a married life can reduce the stress levels attributed to heart attacks and strokes.
2. Social isolation
Too much time is being spent attached to electronic devices nowadays. Living a sedentary lifestyle is one of the top reasons for death in men over the age of 40. Psychologists are debating whether “Internet addiction disorder” is a legitimate diagnosis, and how much is too much, given how ubiquitous screens are in our lives. But one thing’s certain: The more time that’s spent looking at wide-screen TVs, smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, laptops, and other electronics, the less time that’s spent on more healthful pursuits. Social isolation raises the risk of depression and dementia. Married men tend to have a more active lifestyle, enriched with friends and activities to keep the body moving.
3. Diet is all wrong!
How many men actually cook for themselves? If you do, fantastic! But studies show that single men don’t always eat as well as married men. Poor nutrition is linked with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer — leading causes of death in men over 40. Single men are typically less likely to eat healthy, prepare healthy meals and in general watch what they eat. Older men living alone and alcoholics are vulnerable to malnutrition and unhealthy eating habits.
4. Reckless & Careless Driving
Sorry fellas, women (statistically) are better drivers. Plus, we aren’t afraid to ask for directions! Men generally have more car accidents than women, and men in their 50s and 60s are twice as likely as women to die in car wrecks. It’s a real health (and life) hazard. Maybe consider (if you are married) having the wife drive you where you need to go.
5. Depressed left untreated
Depression is real and it isn’t just in women. There are countless men that suffer from depression and won’t acknowledge it or seek treatment. Although women are three times more likely to attempt suicide than men, men are more successful at it, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. More than 60 percent of all those who die by suicide have major depression. To add to that, older suicides are often widowers. It’s often seen as a “weakness” to admit you have depression. Men are often scared of what others will think or how society, their friends or their families will perceive them if they admit they are depressed. It’s never alright to hide that you have depression and always a good idea to seek help of some kind to manage it before it takes your life.
Your health (mental, physical & emotional) is top priority in your life. You absolutely can not provide for others if you are not able to take care of yourself first. Make sure that you are seeing your doctor regularly, taking care of all facets of your own health and living a healthy lifestyle. We want you around for a long time!