Health Risks For Men Over 40
As we age we become more susceptible to health risks that are age related. There are some health risks for men over 40 that are not only more prevalent but easily avoidable. Check out the list.
MSN has come up with a few of the biggest health risks for guys over 40.
Being single--Numerous surveys have shown that married men, especially men in their 50s, 60s, and 70s, are healthier and have lower death rates than those who never married or who are divorced or widowed. Unmarried men generally have poorer health habits, too -- they drink more, eat worse, get less medical care, and engage in more risky behaviors.
Electronic overload--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. Social isolation raises the risk of depression and dementia. And a sedentary lifestyle -- a.k.a. "sitting disease" -- has been linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and premature death.
Sloppy sunscreen use--More men tend to work and play sports outdoors; having shorter hair and not wearing makeup adds to the gender's exposure. Fewer than half of adult men report using sun protection methods (sunscreen, protective clothing, shade), in contrast to 65 percent of adult women.
Crummy diet--Poor nutrition is linked with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer -- leading causes of death in men over 40. Younger midlife men often over-rely on red meat, junk food, and fast food to fuel a busy lifestyle, which leads to excess weight, high cholesterol, hypertension, and other risk factors.
There are a few more major health risks that you can check out here. In every case these behaviors can be avoided. It's never too late.
Chris Young had a pretty big health scare earlier this month, when an infection in his leg required quick surgery and for him to sit out a few tour dates. It was said to be some sort of bacterial issue, but the singer has revealed a very simple, surprising cause of the problem - one that many of his fans likely deal with on a daily basis.