Changes with your body don’t stop as soon as you’re fully grown: our bodies are changing as we age too, and not just our physical appearance. If you’re a man in your 50s and you consider yourself to be in good health, take a look at these top five health problems for men in their 50s—they may surprise you and encourage you to better care for your health.
Loss of Muscle Mass
You already knew you were losing muscle mass in your 30s, but you continue to lose it as you age. Loss of muscle mass can affect joint paint, flexibility, or back pain. Keep your muscles strong and exercised in order to have good posture and less pain. Discuss an appropriate workout routine with your doctor; strength building can greatly impact your muscles and keep your brain healthy. Exercising increases circulation to the brain and can stimulate new cell growth, therefore helping you with learning and memory.
Your risk for prostate cancer continues to increase as you age. The good news is that if caught early, prostate cancer is treatable and men have high survival rates. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of prostate cancer and to visit your doctor regularly to ensure that your prostate is healthy. Symptoms include frequent or painful urination, blood in the urine, inability to urinate, or aching pain in the groin or back area. These are common symptoms that it’s good to be aware of, but you should still be on the alert for any problematic symptoms you may be experiencing and check in with your doctor.
Your body is made up of less water as you age, and people tend to be less thirsty as they age, therefore leading to greater risk of dehydration, not to mention urinary issues and overheating. Drinking fluids is important for any person, but if you’re a man in your 50s, you need to be sipping more water than the younger men. Keep water with you regardless of where you go or how long you’ll be gone—you never want to be without water. Sipping throughout the day can prevent dehydration.
Your risk for colorectal cancer increases as you age. This is why your doctor will probably recommend getting a colonoscopy if you’re over 50. Getting a colonoscopy involves checking out your colon from the inside to make sure there are no cancerous polyps (growths that begin on the inner lining of your colon) and other internal issues. Make sure to get plenty of fiber in your diet to help keep your colon healthy. Great sources of fiber include beans, brown rice, and vegetables.
Your heart health is more likely to decline in your 50s. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you need to be more attentive to your health than ever. Diet and exercise can help greatly. Focus on plant-based proteins such as lentils and nuts rather than red meat. Healthy fats such as seeds and oils can help you maintain heart health as well. And don’t forget the heart is a muscle that needs to be exercised—even walking for twenty minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Your quality of life doesn’t have to diminish as you age. It’s never too late to start taking care of your health. By exercising, visiting your doctor regularly, and being aware of the signs of prostate cancer, you can take excellent care of your health. And sip that water!