At 35, you feel like you’re at the peak of your life. But don’t be fooled and look at yourself and your body.
At 35, you are at the peak of your physical and mental capacity. It is the age at which men start a company, build a house or write their doctoral thesis. In later years of life only experience and a little more expertise are added. Health? No issue, you probably often think.
But this is wrong: Especially at this age you have to take care of yourself.
Tip number 1: Testosterone levels drop
Your testosterone level is already starting to drop. This leads to a decreasing libido and a beer belly, if you do not counteract. There are interactions, because the beer belly is not only caused by the decreasing testosterone level, it also promotes its development. Therefore you should avoid it. Another danger is plastic in our food, an issue that affects everyone. This also affects male testosterone levels. Testosterone levels that are too low increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. You can’t do anything about the declining testosterone production of your testicles, from 35 onwards they secrete this hormone less strongly. You will notice this by decreasing muscle strength, decreasing libido and faster weight gain. You can counteract this by exercising, eating a healthy diet and reducing belly fat. You should avoid plastic in connection with food.
Tip number 2: When menopause starts in men
Combined with the decreasing testosterone level, men of 35 and older are gradually going through menopause. These are very different from those in women. Menopause starts relatively abruptly and with a clear physical signal – the absence of menstruation – while the male andropause lasts for at least 20 years. It is the period between about the age of 35. until 55. At the age of 35, the process continues until the end of life, according to some experts. But when men live healthy lives and compensate for declining testosterone production with a healthy lifestyle, they don’t notice it right away.
But the male menopause affects the psyche. It is the age at which you can suffer from stress-related depression or become increasingly nervous, irritable and anxious. Men in whom such symptoms are very pronounced are now recommended (cautious) hormone replacement therapy. But get very good advice on this, the therapy also has side effects.
Tip number 3: Go to the doctor?
At 35, you should think about occasional health checks. But your role model – favored by your current strength – will be your undoing. You are a man and therefore strong, why should you go to the doctor?? Perhaps behind your aversion to health checks is a secret fear of undiscovered illnesses. Men are hypochondriacs more often than women, i.e. they fear a potentially fatal disease for every little ailment. Health checks, however, eliminate unfounded concerns, but they do point out actual dangers you could face. This includes diabetes, for example, and your cardiovascular health should also be examined by a doctor from now on. Actively approach the subject of preventive medical checkups from now on, talk about it with slightly older men. They may well motivate you to keep a closer eye on your health now.
The first preventive medical checkups are coming up, so you can
Detect and avert diabetes or cardiovascular disease at an early stage.
Tip number 4: Burnout and its diagnosis
There is a downside to high performance at 35+: You now want to power through everything that is important to you. These are often, as mentioned above, starting a business or advancing as a salaried manager, building a house, and, for academics, a doctoral thesis. Therefore, you are now working around the clock, possibly living an unhealthy lifestyle (alcohol, excessive exercise, etc).). This can drive you very quickly, but unfortunately unnoticed at first, into burnout. Not even doctors always diagnose this correctly in men. Behind this is the still widespread belief that women have a higher risk of suffering from burnout. You must therefore watch out for the signs yourself. If everything becomes too much for you, if you view your environment with cynicism, if you smoke and drink more than before, if you overdo your sports program, if your colleagues, superiors and customers disgust you, then you may already be in the middle of a burnout. Often sexuality diminishes in the process, you may also be suddenly prone to aggression and increased risk-taking.
Other symptoms are insomnia or not wanting to get up, occasional total exhaustion, physical weakness and lack of professional performance as well as anhedonia (joylessness). The latter is an easily identifiable symptom. Just ask yourself what you would like to do now. What are you looking forward to when you think about the upcoming weekend? If you can’t think of anything else to say about this, burnout is probably on its way. You must now gently put on the brakes by reducing your workload so that you do not suffer any losses in the process. This is difficult, but bitterly necessary, because otherwise the burnout leads to depression.
Tip number 5: Danger of depression
This is also often diagnosed too late in men, because it can manifest itself very specifically in them. Depressed women are melancholic and listless, depressed men can be listless in the morning but aggressive in the afternoon. Aggression often turns into autoaggression, which is why the suicide rate of depressed men is higher than that of women. Extraneous aggression can also be very high. Depressed women suffer, men with depression let suffer. They bully their family, colleagues and customers, they drive so recklessly that it is not uncommon for them to be involved in accidents, they can also be prone to severe alcohol/drug abuse and in this state absolutely let their aggression get out of hand. Nevertheless, at the same time they experience the most severe depressive episodes, during which they can hardly move. These occur mainly after waking up and then last until about 13.00 h CET (not summer time, but winter time) at.
If you have major depression, you can set the clock by it. You wake up then also for days or weeks punctually to the minute, for example always at 04.33 h, which is extremely unpleasant.
If this happens to you, you need to know: Depression is also a stress disease, so it can be triggered by burnout. Therefore, you protect yourself from it with the same methods as against burnout. But it also has an endogenous component, its predisposition is inherited. You need to observe this in your family. If you suspect that you might have a tendency to do this, then live a particularly healthy life, for example avoid alcohol and nicotine, and don’t overexert yourself.
Tip number 6: Breast cancer in men
Hard to believe, but true: In rare cases men also get breast cancer. The rate is low, affected out of 100.000 men only one. The rate of women is 100 times higher. But at the same time, this carries a danger, because unlike the examinations for women, there is no early detection of breast cancer for men. Since men are consistently uneducated about the phenomenon, they can’t correctly interpret the symptoms in themselves. These would be lumps in the chest area (one will do) and the skin contracting to a dent. You will be able to feel the lump underneath.
Attention: Breast cancer does not cause pain! If you have such a suspicion, you must report it to your family doctor, who will refer you for a mammography.
Breast cancer in men that is detected in time is easily treatable, even better than that in women.
Tip number 7: Gut health
The stress at the age of 35, which has already been described many times, also attacks your intestines. You can counteract this with a sustainable, healthy lifestyle and diet. The enemies are stress, alcohol, nicotine and other drugs, fatty, one-sided food and environmental pollution. All this damages your intestinal mucosa, as a result your entire health suffers. You need to protect your intestinal flora (more modern: your intestinal microbiome). It is probably about 10.000 species of bacteria in the intestine. When this flora gets out of balance, you suffer from the typical irritable bowel symptoms (diarrhea, constipation, flatulence). Eliminate the risk factors described and eat healthy because you need your gut for the rest of your life.
Tip number 8: Gallstones
In the context of your overall health, you might also look at gallstones. Up to nine percent of Germans are affected by burnout. These are stones in the gallbladder (cholecystolithiasis), which are mostly formed by cholesterol. When they get into the gallbladder tract, you feel pain, and there is also bile stasis. The risk for this disease increases from the age of 35 onwards. year of life. The most obvious symptom is a dull ache that lasts for hours, especially after eating fatty foods.
Notable: The pain occurs naturally at the seat of the bile in the right upper abdomen, but also in your right shoulder. In case of such symptoms you should go to the doctor immediately.
Tip number 9: Kidney stones
You could also be affected by kidney stones (nephroliths) after the age of 35. It can affect women up to the age of 18, and some men even earlier. The crystalline deposits are formed by an unfavorable composition of the urine and collect in the calyx system of the renal pelvis. From there, they seek their exit via the ureter, which is incredibly painful. You would suffer a very severe colic. Kidney stones affect about five percent of the population and always more men than women. Screening with ultrasound can detect them in time.
An ultrasound examination can detect kidney stones. Men are affected more often than women.
Tip number 10: Sleep disorders
The stress mentioned at the beginning – the basis for looking at your health from the age of 35 onwards. The kidney stones can also lead to severe sleep disturbances. This is even a relatively common phenomenon at this age. However, you often don’t hear about them from your peers because they use alcohol or sleeping pills. But this also counts as a sleep disorder. Create a fixed rhythm, rituals and a perfect sleeping environment, then consistently abstain from alcohol for a few weeks. If you are healthy, you should be able to fall asleep even when you are sober.