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How will my body change after 40

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The changes in the human body after forty to a large extent depend on ones genetics and prior lifestyle before forty. For us to be able to take care of our bodies better after forty we need to appreciate the physical changes that are expected.

The physical changes in both men and women can be linked primarily to dips in two hormones that is testosterone for men and oestrogen for women.

For men

The gradual failure of the male body to produce testosterone leads to the following changes after 40;

  • Reduced sexual desire or libido
  • Difficulty in getting and maintaining an erection
  • Reduced sexual potency
  • Problems in ejaculation
  • Reduced fertility and urinary problems
  • Increased urination at night
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Hesitancy during urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Weight gain around the abdomen
  • Difficulty in keeping or gaining lean mass
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Mood swings


For women

Women on attaining 40 begin experiencing perimenopause. The period from perimenopause to menopause may last from two years to a decade. Here oestrogen levels fluctuate with switches in the menstrual cycle, for this reason periods may be lighter, shorter, heavier or longer. Less oestrogen also means that lubrication of the vagina reduces making sex painful and more difficult for some.

Because of irregular periods, fertility is greatly reduced and it becomes harder to get pregnant. And even if a woman falls pregnant the chances of a high risk pregnancy are higher.

Perimenopause presents symptoms similar to menopause in some like hot flashes, sleep difficulties, night sweats, moods swings, irritability and depression.

The decline in oestrogen also lead s to other symptoms such as bone loss, increase in heart disease and accumulation of belly fat.

The basal metabolic rate also declines with age meaning in their forties require less calories than younger women, if they continue eating the same portions of food as their younger years, weight gain is inevitable.

Other changes anticipated in the forties in women include; greying or whitening of hair, sagging of the breasts, weakened pelvic muscles leading to urinary incontinence, wrinkles, dry skin, loosened skin, crinkles around the mouth and eyes, increased risk for breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, excess weight can lead to increased risk of uterine fibroids.


“Wacha niKwambie”

April 2019 – Things I should have known when I turned 40

Information complied by

Kwambie Nyambane

Kwambie Nyambane
Kwambie Nyambane
Kwambie Nyambane is a Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in a leading bank in Kenya 'by day', a passionate inspirational blogger 'by night'; and a wellness enthusiast championing healthy lifestyle choices. The founder and lead writer of this blog is a Bsc. Food Science and Post -Harvest Technology graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. Kwambie is a member of Bloggers Association of Kenya. She believes in taking life with a big spoon, seeing the cup always as half full, and enjoying the scenery in this journey called life. Kwambie is daughter to Lilly Moraa and James Nyambane, mother to one beloved son nicknamed "The Champ"; sister to Marci and beloved auntie to the A & Z girls. She and her family make Nairobi City, Kenya their home. This blog is dedicated to her parents Moraa and Nyambane for their awesome inspiration in her formative years, for being her pillar of strength through life, her siblings Marci and Joash, and to her son "The Champ" and her nieces who represent the generation that came after her. May the nuggets contained in this blog serve many generations, the world over to come.

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