Health in your 40s
So, you’ve been working hard and you’re expected to be at your most productive. Are you spending extra time at work, missing your kids and giving up a run each day or a bike ride on the weekend?
Work can sometimes take over your life – don’t let it take your life!
Partners, friends and ageing parents may all be needing you. If you are worried about the pace, now is a great time to make changes so you live a healthier, more balanced life.
Taking time for yourself is important – remember to relax and allow yourself time to do the things you enjoy.
- Make an annual health check to your GP an essential goal each birthday
- Do it for your loved ones – it could save your life!
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- Your family’s medical history
- Weight and blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes risk
- Waist measurement
- Examine your testicles for any lumps and bumps- feel anything unusual go to the GP
- Immunisations you may need
- Cholesterol and blood glucose level
- Kidney and liver function
- Eye check
- Skin cancer risk
- Any relationship problems
With the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure increasing with age, it’s important to have your blood pressure and fasting blood cholesterol and fats measured regularly.
- Smoking? Stop - your GP can help
- Drink moderately – up to 2 standard drinks a day and 3 alcohol free days a week – stay in control
- Eat a healthy nutritious diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Keep active and maintain a healthy weight – a 30 minute walk every day will give you significant health benefits
- Catch up with mates and enjoy your friends and family
- Take a break – a weekend away can revive a tired mind and body
- Talk about any issues or concerns, seek help, your GP or a counsellor will assist
- Laugh lots and loud
Depression and anxiety in men are common - one in eight men experience depression and one in five men experience anxiety at some stage in their life. Depression and anxiety are illnesses not weaknesses and you should not feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help – the sooner the better. Your GP is a good place to start. Some signs of depression and anxiety are:
- Often feeling down or anxious/uptight
- Drinking or smoking too much
- Withdrawing from family, friends and social situations
- Stressing over small things
- Feeling easily irritated, upset or angry
- Feeling like you’re losing control
- Depression in men is common and treatable
- With the right treatment, most people recover from depression
- It’s important to seek help early – the sooner the better
Untreated depression is a high risk factor for suicide. For more information on depression and anxiety checkout the beyondblue website www.beyondblue.org.au/men or call the beyondblue info line 1300 224 636.
Friends and family won’t appreciate all the hard work you are putting in, if you’re not around to enjoy what is happening in their lives right now.
Live long, live well.