After you turn 40, from your appearance to your health, every part of your body is affected. Your bone density decreases, it is difficult to lose weight, you may have wrinkles, and if you don’t take care of yourself, there is a risk of developing heart disease.
If your lead a good lifestyle in your 20s and 30s, there are chances of living a much healthier life after you are 40. Eating the right food, getting enough sleep, taking care of your health and not smoking can contribute to reducing the risk of health problems. They also contribute to a healthier skin, so that you don’t look older than you are.
These are the 7 mistakes you can avoid for a healthy life even after you turn 40:
1. Insufficient Sleep
Adults require 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night. Not getting enough sleep can increase the risk of hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases.1
Insufficient sleep can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm that can influence your hormone release and body temperature. It is also linked to depression, seasonal affective disorder, and obesity.2 Moreover, not getting enough sleep can affect your skin, making you look older.
2. Addiction To Tech Gadgets
Addiction to mobile phones, laptop, TV, and other gadgets can be one of the main reasons you aren’t getting enough sleep at night. Watching too much TV is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.3
These gadgets affect the quality of your sleep that will, in turn, cause health problems even before you
3. Not Having Regular Meals
The body requires the right amount of nutrition for its normal functioning. Skipping meals affects your body’s metabolism and even if you lose weight, you lose muscles, not fat.
Skipping breakfast is not advised. When you skip your breakfast, it increases the risk of developing diabetes, insulin resistance, excess body weight and hypertension in your 40s.4
Also, limit the amount of salt in your diet to avoid hypertension and cardiovascular diseases after 40.
4. Eating Processed Food
Your diet impacts your health.
A diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products which provide the required nutrients to the body help you stay healthy even after you are old. What you eat can also affect your skin. Without enough nutrients, you may look older than you are.
5. Not Drinking Enough Water
Drinking water is important for the normal functioning of all the parts of the body. As you age, you need to stay hydrated so that the body can digest the food easily.
Water also helps to flush out toxins, making your skin look healthier and fresh. It also prevents wrinkles on the face by keeping the skin cells hydrated.
6. Cigarette Smoking
Smoking not only affects your respiratory health, heart health and your skin, it also takes away a few years from your life.
Cigarette smoking can make you look older in your 40s as it reduces the blood flow to the skin. Your skin does not receive enough nutrients and it loses its elasticity, which causes wrinkles. You can look much younger and healthier if you stop smoking before you turn 40. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of a heart attack and improve your respiratory health.
7. Ignoring Health Problems
If there are any signs of health problems, they should be taken care of at an early stage to prevent bigger problems in the future. Early signs of diabetes, heart problems, and cancer should be treated at the earliest to avoid problems in your 40s.
|↑1||Fang, Jing, Anne G. Wheaton, Nora L. Keenan, Kurt J. Greenlund,
|↑2||Circadian Rhythms Fact Sheet, National Institutes of Health|
|↑3||Prolonged television viewing linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death, Harvard T.H Chan|
|↑4||Cahill, Leah E., Stephanie E. Chiuve, Rania A. Mekary, Majken K. Jensen, Alan J. Flint, Frank B. Hu, and Eric B. Rimm. “Prospective Study of Breakfast Eating and Incident Coronary Heart Disease in a Cohort of Male US Health ProfessionalsClinical Perspective.” Circulation 128, no. 4 (2013): 337-343.|