As George Bernard Shaw once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” It’s a simple saying that holds a ton of truth. While the young are in the best health they will ever be in and their minds are sharp and clear, they sometimes lack the knowledge and wisdom that the old are blessed with; knowing that taking care of your body is paramount to an active life at an advanced age.
Because if there is one thing we can count on in life, it’s our body chancing as we age, with genetics and lifestyle playing a huge role in how we age. So what can we expect as our bodies age? Read on about some of the most common health changes to expect with each passing year.
Bones, Joints and Muscles: Since our bones lose density and strength with age — and often shrink — they are more prone to fractures. Muscles mass also shrinks and people get weaker; especially if they don’t exercise on a regular basis.
Skin: Skin loses elasticity with age and becomes thinner, more fragile and prone to bruising. Wrinkles and age spots appear on people at different ages, depending on genetics, exposure to the sun and overall health.
Mobility: Balance problems often occur with age as a result of bone, joint and muscle changes, in addition to nervous system changes. Hearing loss can also contribute to balance loss. All of these changes make us more prone to falling.
Immune System: Our immune system becomes weaker with age which increases our risk of infection. Getting enough sleep and physical activity helps our immune system function better.
Metabolism: Hormonal changes are a normal part of aging, with most women going through menopause in their 40s. Metabolism of sugar and carbohydrates changes can lead to diabetes, and metabolisms of fat, cholesterol, calcium and vitamin D are often altered, making supplements and diet plans necessary.
When we are young we dream of being older and when we are older we wish for our younger days. We can’t change time, but at Global Life Rejuvenation we can help reverse the effects of hormone depletion with hormone replacement therapy for women and men. Contact us today to learn more.