injuries and requires the muscle mass that is
critical to disease prevention).
40+ Diagnostic: The pull-up was the killer
test in grade school and it still is now that
you’re 40. Two sets of seven is a reasonable
target for a 40-year-old man, says Dr. Oz.
8. How Deep Is Your Wellness Supply?
Your degree of tumescence, Dr. Lamm points
out, stands in inverse proportion to your risk
for colon and prostate cancers, glaucoma,
diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Oz
agrees: The penis serves as a dipstick that
measures your wellness supply.
40+ Diagnostic: “Hard is good,” says Dr.
Lamm. “Harder is better.” You’ll have to gauge
this one yourself!
COUNT CARBS. “To rev my metabolism, I
reduced my carb intake,” says Avedon. First,
he ate more lean meat and fibrous carbs (fruits
more on my core, but still challenge myself with
weights. Ultimately, it’s not rocket science. You
have to be consistent and work out at least three
BONUS TIP: THE BEST RECOVERY MEAL.
9. Do You Have Enough True Friends?
“Throughout most of your life, you generate
self-esteem through success in your work and
by providing for your family as your father
provided for you,” says Dr. Oz. “Now, in
these difficult times, that rhythm has been
interrupted for millions of men.” This can be
stressful if you don’t have multiple sources of
self-esteem. Dr. Oz cites a study showing that
going through bankruptcy can take eight years
off a man’s life, but if a man is closely connected
to his family or other sources of emotional
support, the average loss is only one year.
40+ Diagnostic: “In school and college, you
probably had dozens of friends. But as you’ve
been preoccupied building your career and
family, those friendships have probably melted
away,” says Dr. Oz. “If you want to be well,
you need a friend just as much as you need
sleep, exercise, and good food. You need to
have a deep discussion with that friend—no
superficial stuff. You need to hear and ask the
big question: How is your life going?”
MOISTURIZE YOUR HAIR.
10. Do You Like What You
See in the Mirror?
Dr. Oz suggests another low-tech tool for
gauging your wellness: the mirror. “Never
underestimate the importance of looking
pretty,” he says. “We look for beauty because
thousands of years of evolution have taught
us that an attractive mate offers the best
biological shot for prolonging the species.”
40+ Diagnostic: Be honest.
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