30 is the new 40

With our fast paced and stressful life, our body is ageing faster than it should. The wear and tear is causing our bodies to breakdown quicker than what is expected. The result – 30 is the new 40. If you have turned 30 or likely to turn 30 years of age soon, keep an eye out for these ailments and their symptoms.

For men

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Prostate cancer

1 in every 10,000 men under 40 are diagnosed with prostate cancer.  The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood level test, along with digital rectal exams (DREs), is the best way to detect prostate cancer.

As per the Prostate Cancer Foundation, early warning signs of prostate cancer can be:

  • Frequent urination (especially, the urge to urinate at night)
  • Painful urination or ejaculation, sometimes accompanied by blood
  • Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
  • Having a tough time either starting the urine flow or holding it back

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer between the age of 15 and 35. Key symptom is a testicular lump or an enlargement, which can often be detected with self-examination. This is best carried out in a hot shower when the scrotum is relaxed. By rolling each testicle gently between the fingertips, men can note any changes in the anatomy. Swelling or a lump about the size of a pea might indicate an issue and should trigger a visit to the doctor. Keep in mind that the testicles also have blood vessels and other tubes attached to them, so they won’t be perfectly round.

Cholesterol

According to a report on Men’s Fitness, cholesterol test should be done every 5 years. Men above 20 should have their cholesterol checked every three to five years, and post 50, yearly check-up should be done. Cholesterol levels are likely to rise as we age and men are generally at a higher risk than women. For those with high cholesterol, testing is recommended more frequently.

Stress

Stress has become a common occurrence in today’s world. If you have been eating too much or too little, if there has been food cravings, sudden outburst, weight gain, dark circles below the eyes, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco consumption, social withdrawal, depression, frequent crying, fatigue or irritation, then you are likely to be stressful. As a way to remain stress-free, relaxation, practicing yoga or a vacation is advised.

For women

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Miscalculated age of fertility

Many women today wait until they enter 30s to have children, as it has been found they feel more and more confident and financially secure. If you are in good health, have early pre-natal care and practice healthful lifestyle habits, you’re more likely to have a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. However, there is some health risk associated with pregnancy at this age. Fertility decreases in your 30s, particularly after age 35, so it may take longer to conceive. Chances of miscarriage and pregnancy-related health problems also increase, especially in women above 35, as do risks for birth defects in babies born to older women.

Take care of your skin

Skin may be one constant cause of concern for women, and post 30, your skin may appear to become dull and you may start to develop wrinkles. That’s because the formation of new skin cells has slowed down unlike when you were younger. This is a normal part of aging, and will continue throughout your lifetime. Using mild cleansers and moisturisers as well as being sensible about sun exposure will help you look your best.

Do not ignore your bones

As you grow older, the body loses more bones than you produce. Losing too much bone mass now heightens the risk of osteoporosis too. Balance bone loss by doing weight-bearing exercises and eating a rich diet of calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and folic acid. Strength training, especially focusing on your abdominal core, will help you maintain natural, aligned posture. In addition, yoga and Pilates can help in strengthening the muscles and joints.

Do not forget your breasts

A woman’s relationship with her breasts is a complex one, we understand, but ladies, once you enter your 30s, the age of early adulthood is well and truly over. Now, perhaps you may notice changes in your breasts, whether you’ve had children or no. Wear a supportive, well-fitted bra, and don’t be too shy to go in for a professional fitting. Eat an antioxidant-rich diet to fight breast cancer risks. Breast-feeding may actually lower risk of breast cancer.

Stand-up more often

According to the report on Women’s Health, an increasing amount of research shows that more time you sit on a chair, the higher the risk of suffering from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Even scarier, this holds true whether you work out regularly or not.