Turning 40, for a man or woman brings without a doubt some changes. The changes could be physical, mental or both. Stepping into 40 is not as exciting, anticipated as when turning 30 years old. For males, it is an important turning point, they undergo changes. The changes include as many advantages as inconvenient: They could come gradually or sooner than expected. It all depends largely on the individual.
Here are 5 to know before turning 40, what to expect for men:
1 – Time for a reality check, a change of priorities
Around age 40, the majority of men will start to stop doing a number of things they used to do. They will have a kind of reality check. Most men will slow down on the way they live their lives, e.g. less partying, less drinking, they will look out for long term relationships to short term ones or simple flings. They will basically have a rethink of their lifestyle. It is the time to be more ‘’responsible’’, get their priorities straight like being serious about settling down, really think about taking this mortgage. This is the time as well when they will stay away or get rid of toxic people around them, therefore they will try to have a healthy lifestyle.
2 – Physical changes
Men as women go through some physical changes when they clock 40. Men, when turning 40, indubitably start to see some physical changes on their bodies. Grey hairs will start appearing here and there due mostly to the decrease of the amount of melanin produced by the body. The eyesight will deteriorate, often reading glasses would be needed, so are the regular visit to the ophthalmologist. same goes with the hearing, the taste and the smell senses would just not be the same. Hair will appear in places like the back, the nose, the ear. And let not forget the wrinkles, more apparent on the face. A piece of good advice would be to keep all those organs in checks and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
3 – Internal changes
Around 40 men’s metabolism decreases, which caused a decrease in muscle mass. Recovery after an injury takes much longer than before. Testosterone hormone production will significantly drop; testosterone help to control libido, give energy, affects the behavior, promote muscle gain, hence this hormonal change will affect all those functions.
4 – Decreased number of erections
Another change that might happen to men around 40 is a decreasing number of erections they can have, meaning they will have fewer erections and the time in between erections increases, the recovery time increase. This can affect their sex life, usually in a negative way. The decrease in testosterone production may affect as well as the sex drive.
5 – Risk of colon cancer and grow of the prostate
Men around 40, are at increased risk of developing colon cancer. It is very important to get screened regularly in order to check for any abnormality. Men will also experience an increase in the size of their prostate.
Urinary troubles and painful ejaculation are symptoms of an enlarged prostate. In some cases, it could be treated. Leading a healthy lifestyle can greatly help.