“When it comes to health, middle age can be a time of opportunity,” says Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D., in introducing A Guide to Men’s Health: Fifty and Forward, a Harvard Medical School Special Health Report.
Middle age is a great time to take a fresh look at our lifestyle choices.
As Dr. Komaroff further notes, “Of course, we all die eventually—but why hurry the process? What I ask my patients is: Why not instead do everything in your power to lengthen your life and improve your level of functioning?”
He says many men are skeptical that anything can be done in middle age to avert the top killers of men—heart disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory problems. While it is true all these are “usually the result of poor lifestyle choices such as eating unhealthy foods, not getting enough physical activity, and smoking cigarettes” there is much we can do, and easily. “By improving these habits, you can often reduce your suffering dramatically and maybe avoid these diseases altogether,” he says.
Cutting risks of chronic disease is easy
“Walk briskly for a half-hour a day, five days a week, and you will cut your risk of diabetes by one-third,” says Dr. Komaroff. “If you give up smoking today, and manage to keep it up, you will cut your risk of heart disease by half by this time next year. This isn’t sanctimonious moralizing; it’s advice that’s been validated by thousands of scientific studies.”
What do you think? Do you think middle age can be turned into an opportunity for good health?
Upon your answer rests your ability to achieve a 3S life—with Success, Satisfaction and Significance.