As you approach middle age, it’s important to keep up with healthy habits in order to maintain a healthy body. While genes play a role in our health as we age, the importance of diet and exercise should not be overlooked. In fact, it should be focused on! Read on to find the top 5 health problems for men in their 40s.

Men’s Testosterone Decrease

A decrease in testosterone can affect everything from bone density to decreased sex drive. A decrease in testosterone is normal, but if it’s affecting certain factors of your life and definitely your health, you should be checked by a doctor. Keeping your testosterone levels healthy includes keeping a healthy weight, exercising, getting enough zinc (an important mineral that helps greatly with fertility), getting enough vitamin D, healthy fats such as oils, nuts, and seeds, and reducing stress.

Men’s Stress

In your 40s, you may be working hard at your job, trying to support a family, and helping to take care of aging parents. All these things combine to make a stressful lifestyle. Managing stress can include identifying and minimizing stress factors. For instance, if you know driving stresses you out, consider walking or taking public transportation to work. Exercise and eating healthy also helps a great deal. Sweating out toxins and strength building can help you feel more managed and secure.

Men’s Flexibility

If you have a job where you don’t get to move much, you’re most likely losing flexibility. Doesn’t sound like such a big deal, until you consider the fact that decreased flexibility could actually be shortening your muscles and making you stiff. Ouch! Get up and move around every hour, even if it’s just a short walk around the office, and participate in exercise that focuses on flexibility, such as yoga or stretching.

Enlarged Prostate

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include feeling the need to urinate frequently as well as painful urination. Prostate enlargement can be affected by many things, but among them are diet and exercise. Keeping your diet low in foods that were treated with growth hormones such as meats and dairy and increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can help you to maintain a healthy prostate. If you’re experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate, it’s best to see your doctor.

Men’s Metabolism

Your metabolism tends to slow as you age, there’s no doubt about that. A slower metabolism can lead to weight gain and difficulty losing weight once it is gained. To keep your metabolism working well, build muscle with strength training, stay hydrated, and eat well. Include spicy foods in your diet and make sure to eat healthy snacks such as fruits and nuts. In addition, mild caffeine boosters such as small cup of coffee or green tea can help also!

Keeping your health on track isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be challenging either! Eating right and seeing your doctor for regular checkups as well as exercising can do wonders for your health. By increasing flexibility, revving up your metabolism, and reducing stress, you can ensure that you stay healthy in your 40s and beyond!