You’ve probably noticed that your health isn’t what it used to be like in the past. Panting after a flight of stairs? Or is there discomfort in your knees or other parts of your body after carrying out a light task? There’s no denying that with aging, our body changes and we’re not like what we used to be during our primetime. Decrease your risk against possible health conditions and learn how to age well! Here are 5 health tips you can start today to keep yourself in shape!

1. Depression

Depression can happen to anyone at any age. Despite being a sunny island, depression in Singapore is more common than you thought. Depression is the more common form of mental disorder, with one in sixteen Singaporeans experiencing it at some point in their lives. Statistics are not as accurate as most depression cases go unreported. Compared to females, males are more prone to depression as it is perceived as a sign of weakness, choosing to suppress instead of seeking treatment for it. It is important to recognize that it’s perfectly normal to express your feelings and it’s healthy to reach out to someone who can lend you a listening ear.

2. Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Don’t worry, it’s more common than you think. Work-related stress or other health diseases such as diabetes can lead to ED too. ED can be treated with medications, supplements and surgery. There are also natural treatments available, but it’s best to consult your doctor before trying any of the natural treatments. A diagnosis would be able to let your doctor know the cause of your ED. If your ED is a result of other health conditions, he could better recommend you treatments that can improve your health and your ED.

3. Heart Disease

Like the rest of your muscle in your body which needs to be exercised to be kept in good condition, your heart needs to be exercised too! If you find yourself panting after walking for a short distance or after some light exercises, you should start introducing light exercises in your lifestyle. Jogging, walking or cycling are some exercises that can keep your heart in good condition. Keeping a healthy diet is equally important as well!

4. Loss of Bone and Muscle Mass

As you leave your 30s and enter into your 40s, you might start to notice some changes to your waistline and belly. You might find that it’s easier to put on weight which is perfectly normal as metabolism rate starts slowing down. Other than slow metabolism, a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet such as the over-consumption of alcohol are factors contributing to your weight gain. The loss in muscle mass can start as early as the age of 30s. Start exercising regularly if you have not been doing so and add food rich in calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones healthy!

5. Colon and Rectum Cancer

According to the Singapore Cancer Society, colon and rectum cancer also known as colorectal cancer is the highest cancers in males in Singapore, with 17.2%. This type of cancer is more commonly seen in males above the age of 50. Hence, it is recommended for males who are above the age of 50 to undergo screening regularly once every year. With early detection, you have a higher chance of beating this cancer!