40 Things Every Man Over 40 Should Know About His Health

First, it's a shoulder ache. Next, it's trouble with your digestion. Then it's a bout of crippling lower back pain. And then it's a string of chronic fatigue. And then, and then, and then…

It's natural that as you age, your body goes through changes—and once you pass the big 4-0, you really start to notice those shifts. Your 40s are the perfect time to get educated about major health risks, and maybe even make some lifestyle changes. Here are 40 things every man should know about his health if he wants to stick around for years to come.

Flossing is more crucial than ever, even if you hate it.

If there's anything most people can agree on despising, it's flossing. Even though it's annoying to do, it can make a huge difference in your oral hygiene as you age.

"The most important thing anyone can do for their dental health is spend four minutes a day brushing: two minutes in the morning and two at night, and one minute flossing their teeth," says Sonya Krasilnikov, DDS, co-founder and cosmetic general dentist at Dental House in New York City. "When done properly, we see more and more patients keeping their natural teeth later and later in life."

 

Your medications could be causing other issues.

Medications do a pretty good job of helping people deal with health issues, but it's also important to be aware of other problems they might be causing. Luckily, if you stay open with your doctor, you can work together to find an option that's best for you.

"Men in their 40s begin taking medications for various health issues, and many commonly-used medications cause dry mouth, also known as xerostomia," says Krasilnikov. "Having a dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, it makes chewing food challenging, causes bad breath, and significantly increases your cavity risk."

 

By Tehran Firman

Author
Sonya Krasilnikov DDS Dr. Sonya Krasilnikov is the co-founder of Dental House.

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