National Geographic : 1941 Aug
Why you should act your age AT ANY AGE, it is wise to know your safe limits of work and play. As you pass forty, however, it becomes increasingly important to understand and respect those limits. After forty, diseases of the heart and cir culatory system begin to take their heavy toll. It must be remembered that heart mus cles and blood vessels grow older just as your external appearance does. As they do, cor onary heart disease and circulatory diseases, particularly, are more liable to develop. So it is the better part of wisdom to act your age-to adjust your habits and modify your activities to match your capacities even though you don't feel the need of doing so. For instance, after forty it is well to avoid sudden indulgence in unusual or over-long exercise-don't be a "week-end athlete." Ease up on your more strenuous activities, and get plenty of rest. Avoid overweight, and take more seriously the annual physical examination that so often detects the first stage of trouble before serious symptoms ap pear. Above all-follow your doctor's advice. This doesn't mean that you must worry about your heart, or entirely abandon your usual recreations. Sensible consideration for For information concerning the hearts of your heart, on the contrary, should bring young and old, send for Metropolitan's free freedom from worry, and the likelihood of booklet, No. 81-N, "Protecting Your Heart." enjoying added years of fun and usefulness. Of course, warning symptoms of possible COPYRIGHT 1941-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. heart trouble, such as fainting, shortness of Metropolitan Life breath, sense of oppression or pain near the heart, call for the immediate attention of Insurance Company your physician. He may make use of such (A MUTAL COMPANY) aids to accurate diagnosis as the X-ray, the Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD fluoroscope, and the electrocardiograph. He Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT knows best how to guide you in safely and 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. sensibly acting your age.