In your 40s

Many lifestyle habits are well-established in your 40s, but it’s never too late to change. Think about your current routine. Is it healthy? Ask your doctor about preventive care, and talk about managing your health.

To ensure optimal health while in your 40s, you should:

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes each day
  • Eat five servings of fruit and vegetables each day
  • Know your risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • Schedule preventive screenings and exams, such as:
    • Cholesterol panel — total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides
    • Blood pressure checks
    • Thyroid test (TSH)
    • Fasting blood glucose
    • Annual physical exams for men and women
    • Annual pap smears with human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every five years, mammograms, and annual clinical breast exams and monthly self-breast exams for women
    • Annual testicular and prostate exams for men
    • Hearing and vision exams (as needed)
    • Semi-annual dental visits for exams and cleanings
    • Skin exams (as needed)
    • Immunizations: influenza “flu” (annually); tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) (once every 10 years)
    • Consider smoking cessation classes (if applicable)
  • Practice safety:
    • Always wear seat belts
    • Don’t text and drive
    • Don’t drink and drive
    • Protect yourself from the sun


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