Milestone birthdays are either looked forward to or, more likely, dreaded. Each year that goes by means one more year closer to being your best or one more year wondering where the time went.
One milestone birthday that especially makes us pause is our 40th. The 40th birthday is a milestone marking the halfway point of our lives. As the saying goes, “40 is the old age of youth,” yet no one is saying that everyone who turns 40 is automatically over the hill – far from it! But it is an important decade that can make or break your health depending on how you care for yourself.
If your 20s and 30s blew past like a strong whirlwind of activity, just wait until the 40s. This decade has become more complicated, bringing growing children, aging parents, and added work responsibilities, which boils down to less time to be more physically active and paying attention to what we eat. Yet, this decade is critically important for preventing future health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer. If you haven’t taken the best care of yourself until this decade, now is the time to start.
The two main ways of keeping fit and healthy after 40 are through diet and exercise. Neglecting either during this decade is a mistake that will come back to haunt you in terms of excess weight gain, loss of muscle mass, reduced energy, and the development of chronic health issues.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911.