As much as we’d like to, we cannot stop ourselves from aging. Sure, we can eat all of our vegetables, use the nicest skin care products, and exercise every day, but we will inevitably have a birthday every year, and time will continue to move forward. Just like many parts of life, it can be hard to navigate the aging process and to differentiate what are normal aging experiences versus not. Thankfully for us, humans have been around for millions of years, and you aren’t the first to experience the jarring process of getting older.
So what is normal aging? While everyone will surely experience aging differently, there are certain processes that are unavoidable, and should therefore be embraced rather than avoided. For instance, you can certainly prepare for these normal aging progressions:
· Grey or loss of hair. The growth cycle of our hair slows down as we age, resulting in thinning (or complete halting) of hair growth. Not to mention, we begin to lose the melanin pigment in our bodies, which means we get more greys too.
· Sagging skin. As we get older, we lose the elasticity in our skin, which causes it to wrinkle and even sag. Our oil glands produce less oil, which will make our skin drier than before too.
· Impaired hearing. Changes to the high-frequency sound waves in our ears can make it harder for us to hear certain tones as we age. Hearing loss compounds the older we get, starting around age 55.
· Loss of height. Yes, you will get shorter. Just like gravity and the compression we put on our joints and bones over the years actually takes away some inches from our height.
· Compromised vision. It’s not uncommon for our eyes to become less flexible and our vision less sharp as we age. Vision issues start accelerating after the age of 40.
· Slowing metabolism. Our bodies need less energy the older we get and our metabolism starts to slow. This is often why it’s common to gain a few extra pounds when we age. Hormonal changes can also result in more fat composition and less muscle mass over time.
On the other hand, there are a variety of health-related conditions that are not necessarily normal to the aging process. If you are experiencing symptoms such as memory loss, chest pains, weakness, or extreme lethargy, for example, it’s best to speak with your primary doctor immediately.
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