A man in your 40s? What you need to know about nutrition, exercise and mental health

How do we make the most of a crucial decade

Raising a family can put a strain on couples’ relationships. It’s important for both men and women to try to ensure that their own relationship is not subsumed in looking after children. Photograph: iStock

Raising a family can put a strain on couples’ relationships. It’s important for both men and women to try to ensure that their own relationship is not subsumed in looking after children. Photograph: iStock

Our bodies, and our minds change as we go through life. Áilín Quinlan talks to the experts about the big issues for men in their 40s in terms of nutrition, exercise, stress and the worries that dominate this decade.

January is Health Month in The Irish Times. You can find articles, columns, advice and tips at irishtimes.com/health, as well as in print every Tuesday in the Health & Family Supplement.

Nutrition & Alcohol

Weight gain is an issue for many men at this stage of life. “Men need to be careful about their alcohol consumption,” warns consultant nutritionist Gaye Godkin, who explains that over-consumption will pile on the pounds. This extra fat, which is stored around the middle in the form of a beer belly, will increase your risk of ill health.

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