By middle age the signs of ageing are starting to show and the choices we made in our 20's are starting to affect our health and wellbeing.
Between the ages of 36-45 it is common for people to start putting on weight, due to the dreaded middle-age spread. This is partly because at this point our metabolism slows down and we burn less calories overall.
During this stage in life, men are notorious for taking better care of their car than they do their own body. They tend not to go for routine check-ups, despite taking their motor for a regular service, and put off seeking help for persistent aches, pains or lumps — the equivalent of strange noises under the bonnet. In fact, males often only see their doctor if told to by a female partner or relative.
Diabetes becomes more common in middle age, especially the form known as type-2 diabetes in which the body continues to make some insulin hormone, but cells no longer respond to it properly.
People with diabetes in the family are two to six times more likely to have diabetes than people without diabetes in the family If you have a family history of diabetes, have your urine screened every year by your practice nurse3.
While you may inherit the tendency towards diabetes, a trigger such as poor diet or obesity is needed for the condition to develop. By keeping your weight down, you can help to reduce your risk.
From middle age onwards, your body makes less co-enzyme Q10 – a vitamin like substance needed for energy production in cells. Taking a statin drug also suppresses the natural production of co-enzyme Q10.
Where to invest?
- A multivitamin and mineral designed for this age group.
- Chromium for those who are worried about developing type 2 diabetes.
- Co-enzyme Q10 to replenish falling levels.
- Adopting a regular exercise regime and healthy lifestyle at this point in life can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in people who are at high-risk by as much as 58%.
- Antioxidants to fight against free radicals.