6 Things Men Have to Start Worrying About After They Turn 50
Its no secret that as we age the risk for many chronic diseases increases, but us men tend to have very specific concerns — ones that touch on everything from physical health to mental and emotional wellness.
So what noticeable changes and symptoms can we expect to see as we pass the fifty-year mark? Here are six things that tend to surprise most men after they turn the big five-oh.
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6 Things Men Have to Start Worrying About After 50
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1. Decreased Physicality
In truth, our physical abilities peak and begin to decline well before we reach our 50th birthday.
That being said, its around the 50 year mark that men will experience a more significant decline in their levels of testosterone — the hormone that drives primary and secondary male sexual characteristics, as well as fat distribution, muscle size and strength and red blood cell production — which can advance this decline in physical strength.
This decrease in testosterone begins about the time a man turns 40, and progresses gradually from there. And from this reduction in testosterone, comes the related decline in our capacity for muscle growth and performance. Physical activity can help to mitigate these impacts, but a reduction in physicality should be expected along with aging.
2. Difficulty Sleeping
From more fragmented shuteye to sleepless nights, many men over 50 experience big changes the amount of deep sleep they get every night, which often happens, in part, as a result of decreased melatonin production.
Moreover, sleeping patterns tend to change as well, leading most people to go to bed earlier and rise earlier.
Nevertheless, steps can be taken to improve quality of sleep, including eating well, getting enough exercise during the day and finding ways to manage stress. Creating a sleep-conducive environment in the bedroom, limiting exposure to electronic screens before bed and being aware of the impact of medications are all methods to consider for improving sleep.
3. Reduced Sex Drive Due to Lower “T” Levels
Aside from physical benefits mentioned above, testosterone promotes a better mood, and yes, increases the libido. Proper levels of testosterone also help to keep the heart healthy and promote good blood flow, feeding muscles and organs in the process which helps support the physical requirements for sexual performance. When all of these things — once so certain and consistent — go haywire, you can expect it to take an emotional toll too. Most men find this change in sex drive and ability to perform a real shock. But there are things a man can do to help naturally increase testosterone and free testosterone.
For tips, check out our article 7 Drug-Free Ways to Boost Your Testosterone.
4. Weakened Bladder
Along with the rest of the muscles in our body, our bladders become weaker and less resilient over time. But men have an additional hurdle when it comes to bladder comfort and control: The prostate gland can play an important mitigating factor in bladder control, and after the age of 50 many men experience prostate-related complications that make bladder control even more difficult.
Though frustrating and potentially difficult to manage, there are ways to promote better prostate health and bladder control. Here are a few things to consider.
5. Reduced Metabolism
Men’s metabolic systems become progressively less effective as we age, with our bodies burning fewer calories with every passing decade. This aspect of the normal aging process is likely amplified due to reduced muscle mass and the typical reduction in physical activity. Therefore, strength training to increase muscle mass may help to improve our metabolic function, as well as other techniques like interval training or cardiovascular exercising.
Even though these activities can help boost metabolism, generally speaking, men will require less food as they age.
6. Changes in Hair and Nail Growth
Our understanding of the exact processes and hormones that drive changes in hair and nail growth alongside aging is not yet complete, but changes can be expected.
Hereditary characteristics and genes play an important role in this occurrence, but all men should expect to have some degree of reduction in their hair growth. Obviously, our hair often becomes lighter and typically greys with age too.
Nail growth will be impacted as well, with our nails becoming more brittle and rigid as we age.
How to Mitigate the Effects of Aging
Until the ever elusive magic pill is invented to reduce the effects of aging, the best way to limit the impact of its symptoms remains the old-fashioned recipe of healthy eating, physical activity, a good nights sleep, proper hygiene and stress management.
And while its impossible to have full control of the aging process, nor the symptoms that correspond with it, following guidelines in addition to avoiding tobacco use and limiting exposure to alcohol and other drugs will make it more comfortable and enjoyable.
Establishing and following self-care practices to maintain sound mental and behavioral health is another important factor to consider in regard to aging, which, along with the aforementioned symptoms, has the potential to cause people to experience pessimism and depression.
Derek Noland, MPH Contributing Writer
Derek is a researcher, trainer, and community liaison at the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program at the University of Colorado, specializing in promoting health systems change and combating health disparities. Including his background as a technical writer and editor, he has over 15 years of experience working in the health care field. His past experience includes serving as a contributing author on several textbooks in the medical field, running a nuclear cardiology licensing course, and writing a variety of didactic pieces ranging from online training courses to medical software manuals. Personally, Derek pursues his passion for health and wellness by playing multiple sports, hiking, and running marathons, and through extensive travel, having visited or lived in over 60 countries.