Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | ePaper

Health habits to adopt after 40

  • Print


Life Desk :
Reaching 40 is a milestone, signalling a time of transition from young adulthood to middle-age. It is that time of life where the risk of many health conditions increases so it is necessary to keep a check on your lifestyle in more serious way, say experts. Jai Gopal Sharma (ENT Specialist, Preventive Oncology Department), Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Varsha Dalal, MD, Consultant Pathologist, Lifeline Laboratories and Sargam Dhawan, Director, Planet Herbs Lifesciences Pvt Ltd listed down some guides to look after when you reach 40.
· Walk more and fast: Walking is not just an exercise but for many, it is the best way to connect with your inner self. In 40's most people have more time compared to their earlier years. This is more due to settled professional and personal lives. Walking 45 minutes daily will not only rejuvenate you but will keep your metabolism rate high, helping you to burn calories and weight; hence warding all related diseases. For those already suffering from any lifestyle disease, walking will help you tame it.
· Explore your family history: Your family medical history is a mirror to peek into your health risks. This is done to get more information about the diseases and conditions that run in the family. It is best to go back three generations for a complete record. A detailed family history can provide the key information to the physician. This will help in recommending the preventative measures to reduce the risk of conditions such as heart attack, stroke and different types of cancer.
· Regular health check-up: It is recommended to go for regular medical examination, screening procedures and routine tests in your 40's. This will vary depending on gender, family history, overall health and personal risk factors.
·    Healthy eating: It is recommended to add more fiber to your diet. This will normalize the bowel movements, lower cholesterol levels, help achieve a healthy weight, maintain bowel health and control blood sugar levels.
· Cardio workout: It is important to undertake some cardio activity 3 times a week for 30 minutes to stay fit and healthy. Also before starting any such routine, consult your doctor and check all your medical parameters to begin the most suitable schedule for yourself.
· Know your numbers: It is important to keep a check on the levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides. Measure your waist circumference, body mass index and also the body weight. Values and numbers that are out of range may indicate the presence of, or risk for developing, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
· Check your salt intake: It is important to keep a check on the salt intake. Too much of salt in the diet negatively impacts the blood pressure as it retains water in the body. It is this extra water that raises blood pressure. This, in turn, strains the heart, kidneys, arteries and the brain.

- IANS | New Delhi

More News For this Category

When is it emotional abuse?

When is it emotional abuse?

Andrea Mathews LPC, NCC :We hear the term emotional abuse tossed about quite a bit these days. So, lest we make it a dumping ground for every negative emotional

Self-development workshop for underprivileged women in city

Self-development workshop for underprivileged women in city

Rabiul Alam :Oxfam Bangladesh and Dustha Shasthya Kendra (DSK) jointly hosted a workshop titled "Network meeting with local government and women Development related organizations" under the project "Empowering Women

Free eye camps in city, Raipur

Free eye camps in city, Raipur

Life Desk :Two free eye camps for the underprivileged people were held at New Castle International School premises in Jatrabari in the city and at Raipur Union Parishad Bhavan,

Maternal exposure of asthma in babies

Maternal exposure of asthma in babies

Life Desk :Babies born to mothers who got exposed to pollen during the last trimester may be at increased risk of developing respiratory diseases such as asthma, says a

Would lottery winning change the life really?

Would lottery winning change the life really?

Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. :USA Today reports that Mega Millions has hit a $1 billion jackpot - which is the largest Mega Millions prize ever.[i]  The article recognizes that

A doctor should be more a friend

A doctor should be more a friend

Prof. M Zahidul Haque :A medical doctor's cordial and friendly behavior creates a positive impact on the treatment and subsequent healing process of a patient. Recently I had been

How much screen time should kids be allowed each day?

How much screen time should kids be allowed each day?

Randy Kulman Ph.D :One of the most common complaints I hear from parents in my practice is that their kids spend too much time staring at screens. While this

Launch of Smiling Heart Clinic at United Hospital

Launch of Smiling Heart Clinic at United Hospital

Life Desk :"I am 76 and I have never witnessed in my life that a patient is called from hospital to enquire whether he is doing okay", this is

Are screens endangering your love life?

Are screens endangering your love life?

Susan Heitler Ph.D. :There's no doubt about it.  Screens are here to stay.  All of us have married the internet "for better or for worse, in sickness and in

Save the ecosystem

Save the ecosystem

Wahseka Lanee :Ecosystem consists of all living and nonliving things that depend on each other to survive people are destroying different ecosystem by different way and threats. Ecosystem is