Embarking on one’s own is a milestone. But sometimes the beginning of this journey has its bumps. For some, newfound independence can lead to excessive alcohol and drug use. For others, emotional issues like depression and anxiety emerge. Developing good habits early on like proper sleep, diet, exercise, and doctor checkups will help provide stability, and hopefully continue throughout life.
More independence can sometimes mean more sexual relationships. Healthy, consensual sex is a valuable part of our psychological wellbeing, providing a sense of closeness and connection for many. But it has its risks, particularly with unsafe or casual sex. Sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are highest in our 20s, and in recent years, occurrences of all three have risen. Fortunately these STDs can be treated with topical or oral antibiotics, but the best measure is always safe sex and full transparency with your partner.
While some men are blessed with a full head of hair throughout their lives, nearly 50% experience some degree of male-patterned baldness, starting as early as their 20s. Some embrace “bald is beautiful”, and others do what they can to retain those youthful locks. Hair loss treatment has come a long way in recent years, with many over-the-counter solutions, as well as prescription or other therapies. The good news is twofold: bald has become chic, and curing it is becoming more and more of a reality.
Men can have a vibrant and fulfilling sex life at any age. Erectile dysfunction is common as testosterone begins to decline, with as many as 40% of men affected after the age of 40. The causes can be physical and/or emotional, but treatment is available in medications, talk therapy, or a change of diet and exercise. You can also take steps to prevent Low Testosterone through a high-protein diet and engaging in more strenuous exercise like weight-lifting
Everyone gets a little heartburn or indigestion sometimes, especially when our diet strays off the beaten path and we indulge in spicier or acidic foods, or eat at more irregular intervals. But when heartburn becomes more frequent or more painful it could be a symptom of something more serious, like acid reflux or GERD. For more common cases, over-the-counter antacids are effective, but as symptoms worsen a prescription might be necessary.
Your heart is the center of your life, and taking care of it is important. Heart disease accounts for 25% of all male deaths every year, with more than half occurring without symptoms. The major causes of heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Other factors include obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol intake.
Talk to your doctor about your risk of heart disease. With proper diet and exercise, stress management, and many available medications to choose from (even as simple as an aspirin a day), you can keep your heart in good shape for life.
Approximately half of all men will experience an enlarged prostate at some point over 50. 1 in 8 will get prostate cancer. While there is no proven method of prevention, doctors recommend a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and fiber, coupled with regular exercise.
The prognosis is promising, though. An enlarged prostate can be treated with medications such as alpha blockers, and the survival rate for prostate cancer is high. Again, your chances for success increase with awareness of the symptoms along with regular doctor visits and screenings.
The success rate for cancer is high when it’s detected early. Men should talk to their doctors about their risk of prostate, testicular, colorectal, skin, and lung cancer. Exams and screenings are recommended starting at around 50, earlier if there’s a family history.
After years of hard work, raising families, and dealing with the daily grind, this time of life is about you. And to get the most out of it, you need to keep your brain flexing. Mental stimuli such as reading, puzzles, hobbies, social contact with friends and family, and maintaining a positive outlook will help keep your mind fit, lowering the chance of neurological issues such as dementia or depression.
The secret to a long and healthy life is really no secret at all. Every adage from childhood is true. “You are what you eat”. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. “Don’t bottle up your feelings”. All the building blocks of physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing are the best advice for good living, whether we’re 25 or 75. Developing these habits early on gives you an advantage, but it’s never too late to start a well-balanced program of self care.
Mild exercise such as long walks or light jogs helps strengthen bones and maintain good cardiovascular fitness, lowering the risk of osteoporosis or pulmonary disease. Moderate use of alcohol will benefit the liver, while a good diet affects our entire body, from our brain capacity to our general mood.
And there are many prescription and over-the-counter medications that complement these holistic methods, helping treat cholesterol, blood pressure, incontinence, and other common issues that arise in our golden years.
At GeniusRx, we’re here for you every step of the way, offering low-cost and convenient medications, consultation, guidance, and a resource to keep you connected to this wonderful journey called life.