Here’s What Men Over 40 Must Know About Their Health

What Men Over 40 Must Know About Their Health?

Men over 40 might not only start experiencing changes in how they look, but also in their energy and how they feel. If you are 40 years old or over, chances are your health priorities have changed over the last decade. Here is what you need to know if you find yourself in this category, and what you need to do to be proactive about your health.

Heart Disease

As we age, our heart and arteries also age. It is key to start eating a balanced and healthy diet. Eating nutritious foods can aid in preventing fatty build up in the arteries of your heart which leads to heart disease. Exercising consistently will also be significant in keeping your heart healthy and working properly. The American Heart Association informs us that more than 1 in 3 men have cardiovascular disease

Heart Attack & Stroke

Age is a risk factor for heart attack. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what that looks like for men can help you get the care you need quickly if you find yourself in pain.

 There are different symptoms of heart attack, and women can have different symptoms than men. 

The most common symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Arm and jaw pain

Seek emergency medical care if you experience any of these symptoms. Stroke probability also increases as men age. There are around 3 million male stroke survivors alive today and counting. It is possible to make a healthy recovery if you catch the symptoms quick enough. Think of the acronym F.A.S.T.  Look for any FACIAL drooping when smiling, ARMS drifting downward if raised, SPEECH slurring or difficulty saying a phrase, TIME to quickly call 911.

Gum Disease

The chances of you acquiring gum disease increases as you reach your 40s and 50s. Taking the time when you are younger to build healthy brushing and flossing habits will save you time and money in the long run. If you have not built up those good habits, don’t fear. Start now by taking steps every day to boost the care of your teeth and gums.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure becomes a higher risk for men over 40. Younger men still run the risk of having high blood pressure, but it is not as high of a chance they will acquire it. The best way to combat high blood pressure is to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes consistently exercising at least 3 times per week with an elevated heart rate for 30 minutes at a time. This also includes eating foods that fuel your body and not picking up the habit of smoking or drinking.

Prostate Issues

Prostate issues that may rise when your age creeps over 40 could include Erectile Dysfunction. Nearly 30 Million men are affected by Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in their lifetime. There are steps you can do now to lessen your chance of acquiring ED, such as living a healthy lifestyle and abstaining from alcohol and drug use. Erectile Dysfunction is not untreatable, and meeting with our experts to find the right treatment for you is possible to live a happy life.

Cancer

Skin cancer is very common and becomes more prevalent as we age. It does not discriminate, as it affects men young and old all over the world. As you age, your chances of developing skin cancer do increase. Take the time now to practice good sun care habits. Wear sunscreen when you go outside. Wear sunglasses and head protection to also protect you from the sun. If you can, avoid exposure to tanning beds or lamps. Skin cancer can develop quickly and spread. Be proactive and keep up to date on your yearly wellness checks. Know your body and address differences in the look and feel of your skin when you notice them.

Arthritis

We have one body that is with us for life, so it is expected for there to be wear and tear as we get older. Usually wear and tear for age can look like arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis and OsteoArthritis are two that are not uncommon for men age 30 and older. Swelling and inflammation of the joints and wearing down of cartilage can be expected but not life threatening. There are options for treatment and therapy that can aid in the maintenance and recovery of these issues.

Metabolism

The body’s metabolism naturally changes with age. It isn’t a choice we have, rather an event or series of events that happen organically. Adjusting how you eat as your metabolism changes can aid you along in this process. Start choosing foods that are rich in color and vitamins and minerals. Don’t rely on supplements to get your nutrients. Reach for whole food options. This might look like making a large protein shake each morning for breakfast packed with greens and berries with antioxidants and complete with some yogurt, nuts, and milk. You can start adding snacks to your routine that are not packaged, such as diced cucumbers and dressing, apples with almond butter, nuts and a string cheese, or chopped carrots and hummus. 

Change

As our bodies age, so do our exercise needs and nutrition needs. It might be easier for you to stay fit and healthy in your 20’s by doing minimal work. Now when you reach 40, for most this drastically changes. Not by fault of our own, but because our bodies change and adapt as we age. You might be noticing that you have more pains and aches than you are used to. If you get an injury, it generally takes longer to heal the older you are. You might also notice that your hormone levels are changing and losing fat and building muscle take a lot longer to pull off than they used to. You will have less opportunity to compete physically and your body might be experiencing some intolerances or new sensitivities.

Exercise

You might not be able to keep up with the 20 year olds at the gym, but you can definitely still throw around some weight. As you adapt to your body changing, focusing more on resistance training and building strength will help keep your body from losing muscle with age. Increasing the time you usually spend mobilizing or stretching will also be beneficial. The more you can lessen your chance of an injury the better. Stretching and mobilizing decrease this chance, so you can spend less time recovering and more time building. Listen to your body as you go. Take advantage of rest days while also keeping a goal to workout at least 3-4 times per week.

Mindset

Getting older and reaching your 40’s is not a bad thing. Just like our life brings us different chapters and experiences, being 40 brings new goals and aspirations. This might be a time in your life to focus on your relationships and really help them thrive. Maybe you have extra time on your hands to volunteer or pick up a new hobby.

Testosterone

Once you reach your 20’s, your testosterone levels start to decline and will continue to decline as you get older. With a decrease in testosterone, you may experience difficulty in losing weight and or gaining muscle mass.

Mental Health

There is never a better time to make your mental health a priority than the now. You may have foregone this type of aid in the past because you were younger and naive, or just busy and exhausted. By the time you are 40 or older, life generally slows down and what is important makes itself manifest. Use this time to boost your mental health, however that may look for you. See a therapist, start a mindfulness practice, try yoga or meditation. You will never regret taking care of your mind, as much as you take care of your body.

Skin Elasticity

What’s the telltale sign of getting older and aging? The appearance of wrinkles. Wrinkles are a natural part of our bodies aging as the skin loses collagen in skin cells. If you protect your skin while you are young from the harmful effects of UV light, your skin will hold collagen longer. 

Hair Loss

No matter who you are, as you get older, your hair also does. As follicles become older, you start to experience an increased level of hair loss. Genetics can play a large role in this, but also  your lifestyle and any medical conditions you may have will affect the level of hair loss you experience with age.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health

At Genesys Men’s Health, we treat several men over age 40 every week. We specialize in Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Thyroid issues, and Erectile Dysfunction Therapy, among other areas. Just as your needs are unique to you, so is your treatment. 

If you live in Sandy, Utah, and the greater Salt Lake County area, schedule an appointment or have questions answered by calling us at (801)-671-7456. Expect to regain mental clarity, energy, drive, emotional stability, sex drive, physical stamina and endurance, as well as improved strength and lean muscle mass. Don’t wait and contact us today!

Radial Wave Therapy vs. Shockwave Therapy: Which is Best for Erectile Dysfunction?

Radial Wave Therapy vs. Shockwave Therapy: Which is Best for Erectile Dysfunction?

If you experience symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), you are not alone because it’s actually quite common.

Fifty-two percent of men worldwide experience some level of symptoms associated with ED. We are discussing what Erectile Dysfunction is and different methods of therapy here, including the facts about Radial Wave Therapy vs. Focused Shockwave Therapy for treatment measures.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to obtain and keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction may include trouble forming an erection, trouble keeping an erection, and a decrease in sexual desire.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by a myriad of factors. Alcohol use, heart disease, blocked blood vessels, diabetes, anxiety, stress, obesity, depression, and sleep disorders are only a few of the many causes. Difficulty obtaining an erection during sexual intercourse can be considered normal if it occurs twenty percent or less of the time. If that number climbs to fifty percent, it would be beneficial to talk to our experts about Erectile Dysfunction.

What Are Other Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction?

Some medical conditions as outlined above can be considered risk factors for Erectile Dysfunction. Other risk factors include tobacco use, cancer treatments, injuries, and taking other medications.

Is Erectile Dysfunction Preventable?

Creating and living a healthy lifestyle is the prime way to prevent Erectile Dysfunction. When you take care of your body and your mind, you have fewer risk factors and environmental factors that can take their toll. In addition to living a healthy lifestyle, keeping up to date on all wellness and medical exams, exercising regularly, eating a variety of nutritious foods, and addressing any mental health concerns will also aid in preventing Erectile Dysfunction.

Radial Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

-What Is Radial Wave Therapy for ED?

Radial Wave Therapy, or Energy Wave Therapy in other terms, is another method to help treat Erectile Dysfunction in men. It is a form of therapy that does not involve taking pills or having penile implants or any injections. Radial Wave Therapy uses sound waves to improve blood flow through the penis. The FDA has not approved this method of treatment, although it has shown to have positive results in helping to treat Erectile Dysfunction in the patients who use it.

-How Does It Work?

A doctor will use a radial wave wand device to deliver low-intensity energy sound waves to the shaft of the penis. During the treatment session, there are five points of contact with the wand to deliver the sound waves. Three on the top of the shaft and an additional two below the shaft. The sound waves pass through the skin and into the tissue to promote blood vessels to grow and increase blood flow, which will in turn increase erectile projections. This treatment is not a one time appointment option. Generally, Radial Wave Therapy is done over a period of six weeks at twenty minute increments for a total of six treatments.

-Are There Side Effects?

Since there is no pain associated with this treatment option, normal life can resume after the session. There are no proven adverse side effects as yet seen by research.

-Is There Recovery Time?

Since Radial Wave Therapy is a non-invasive procedure, there is no recovery time needed. Sexual life and activities can resume as normal as soon as possible.

How Long Does The Effects Last?

More research needs to be completed to know the average time that treatment effects last.

Focused Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

-What is Shockwave Therapy for ED?

Shockwave Therapy is a treatment option for Erectile Dysfunction in men, and it has become popular in recent years. There are numerous studies that show a positive result. This form of therapy has been shown to work best with men who have Vasculogenic ED since this form affects the blood flow to the penis. 

-How Does It work?

Shockwave Therapy will use high energy sound waves to quicken tissue repair and boost cell growth. As a treatment for ED, Shockwave therapy helps to improve the blood flow to the penis and strengthens blood vessels in the process. For this procedure, you do not need any anesthesia. Your specialist will use a wand shaped device and place it on different areas of the penis alternating around 15 minutes each. The wand emits small pulsing vibrations that help trigger blood flow and boost tissue remodeling. There is currently no set protocol for recurring treatments. The most common treatment plan is two times a week for a period of three weeks, followed by no treatments for the next three weeks, and then repeating treatments twice a week for the next three weeks.

-Are There Side Effects?

Most research has shown no side effects after completing the procedure for men with ED. There is also shown to be no pain associated with the treatment that has been recorded. Since this is a relatively new procedure, there is a need for more extensive research to reveal any lasting effects from Shockwave Therapy for ED. This procedure is usually an out of pocket cost since insurance won’t offer coverage for it, but it is a worthwhile investment that helps men reclaim their confidence. 

-Is There Recovery Time?

Since previous research has shown there is no pain that would be experienced during the procedure, there is little to no recovery time. 

-How Long Does The Effects Last?

After full completion of the Shockwave Therapy, research has shown results to last up to one year.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health to Treat Your ED

At Genesys Men’s Health, we offer state-of-the-art treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction, such as Shock Wave Therapy. If you are experiencing symptoms that could be associated with Erectile Dysfunction, feel free to take our Erectile Dysfunction Self Test. You will answer a series of five questions and then submit your answers and get results. We are now accepting new patients and offering in-person office visits, as well as virtual visits via phone and video conferencing. You can visit our office in Sandy, Utah, or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today with any questions you may have. 

Utah Men's Health Specialists
Genesys Men's Health Institute

7535 Union Park Ave (3rd Floor), Sandy/Midvale, Utah 84047

Phone: (844) CURE4ED