We all age. Our skin changes and develops lines, wrinkles, and it also begins to lose elasticity. Our bodies lose lean muscle and gain weight due to a slowing metabolism. Our hormones change, causing a lower sex drive and less energy. Aging is a natural process, but it’s something many people desperately want to prevent in order to preserve their youthfulness.
While aging is inevitable, there are ways to help keep you feeling and looking young. Maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise and a supplementation regimen can help keep your body fit, strong and healthy. You can also seek treatment to erase and improve wrinkles and lines on your face. Finally, hormone replacement therapy can help you regain a healthy sex drive, have more energy, and feel like your younger self again.
Here are 5 things everyone over the age of 40 needs to do to stay healthy, happy and youthful:
1. Test your hormones
Not many people think to get their hormones tested regularly, which is why many people suffer from symptoms of hormonal imbalance without ever knowing the cause. A hormonal imbalance can cause symptoms that include loss of lean muscle mass, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, change in sleep patterns, and more. For both men and women, HRT can be the answer. The benefit of HRT is that is can help you increase energy levels, improve sleep quality, and help you feel younger and healthier, as well as help with other underlying issues. It can help both men and women build lean muscle, boost metabolism, increase sex drive and more.
2. Protect your skin
As we age, our skin naturally becomes damaged through sun exposure, causing wrinkles and dark spots, and loss of elasticity and collagen, causing skin to sag and stretch. While you should start focusing on protecting your skin in your 20's, it's never too late to take control. Always make sure you wear sunscreen outside, even on cloudy days, moisturize, drink plenty of water, and eat a healthy diet to keep your skin smooth, safe, and youthful.
3. Take your vitamins
Supplementation is much more than just taking a daily multivitamin, although that is important. Having blood tests done can determine your nutrient and vitamin levels which can tell you what you need more of and what needs to be balanced out. This is the first step to better health. Having nutrient and vitamin deficiencies can cause all kinds of health issues that can lead to serious problems including cancer and autoimmune diseases.
Keeping up a regular exercise plan is one of the key factors in staying healthy as you age. As your metabolism slows down it is harder for your body to digest the food you eat. Exercise can help keep your metabolism on track and in turn help you maintain a healthy weight. Exercising can also keep your heart healthy, and improve circulation, by adding regular cardio workouts into your routine. This will help keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check.
5. Get a colonoscopy
Doctors typically suggest getting a colonoscopy at age 50. However, if your family has a history of colon cancer or other intestinal diseases, your doctor may suggest getting one earlier. Colonoscopies are done to check for colon cancer, to investigate intestinal issues like chronic diarrhea or constipation, abdominal pain, or rectal bleeding, and to check for polyps. Polyps can also be removed during a colonoscopy and doctors can take biopsies if necessary.
Age Management Medicine is a proactive, preventative approach to healthcare for an aging population focused on preservation of optimum human function and quality of life making every effort to modulate the process of aging prior to the onset of degenerative aging. At Physicians Age Management Centers, we focus on keeping you feeling and looking your best. It’s what we do every day and our specialty. We offer hormone replacement therapy, diet and supplementation regimens, skin care treatments, and more. Don’t let aging bring you down. Take control today and call us for a free consultation at 844.440.8444.