9. Skipping the Sunscreen
Sunscreen is important at any age. However, the Cleveland Clinic warns that around 40 to 50% of individuals will experience skin cancer by the age of 65. If you have been careless with sun exposure in the past, now is the time to increase your efforts to take care of your skin. Apply sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 30 half an hour before spending time out in the sun. A wide-brimmed hat and sun-protective clothing are also wise investments.
8. Binge Drinking
Excessive drinking is always a bad health choice. However, it can be even more detrimental as you hit your 40s. As you get older, your body may respond differently to alcohol than it did in your youth. This means it may take less alcohol to cause you to become inebriated. Drunkenness increases your risk of falls and the poor decision-making that can cause fatal accidents. Furthermore, the National Institute on Aging reports that drinking too much alcohol can contribute to cancer, worsen some medical conditions, and cause mental confusion.
7. Giving Birth
With today’s medical advances, more women than ever are delaying starting a family. It is possible to have a healthy pregnancy in your 40s. However, the risks to the mother and baby are greater at an advanced maternal age. Risks during pregnancy when you are over the age of 35 include high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, miscarriage, and low birth weight. If you become pregnant in your 40s, take care to visit your doctor regularly, treat your body and your developing baby to a nutritious diet, and engage in appropriate physical exercise.