There are only a few things in life that are absolutely certain, and for most of us, aging is one of them. As much as some people try to stop, or at least slow down the process, aging is inevitable.
Basically, our bodies go through changes at every stage of our lives, and scientists have discovered that there are seven main causes of aging: nuclear mutations and epimutations; cellular senescence; extracellular junk; cell loss; mitochondrial mutations; extracellular cross-links; and intracellular junk.
Signs of Aging
Do you find that the older you get, the stiffer your joints are?
This is because as we age, we tend to have muscular atrophy, which is because our bodies do not produce the same amount of hormones as they once did. A number of other changes take place internally on a cellular basis that happens without your knowledge. Let’s take a look at some of the other changes that take place.
Besides stiff joints, there are many other physical signs we can see as we get older. These include:
Wrinkles – Our skin becomes less and less firm over the years, which is why older people have wrinkles.
Getting Shorter – Another sign of aging is bone loss. Have you ever noticed that some people you know are a lot shorter than they once were?
Vision Problems – Many people find that as they get older, they do not see as well. Things like cataracts and glaucoma tend to come on as we age, and in the case of cataracts, cataract development can be a consequence of excessive ultraviolet light exposure.
Hearing Problems – As we age, we often find that we do not hear things as well as we once did. This is not only due to age, but also from years of exposure to noise.
Just because a lot of things can go wrong with our bodies as we get older, it doesn’t mean that these things have to happen. In some cases, we are predisposed to certain things, but there are other things that we can avoid. For example, you will have much nicer skin, with fewer wrinkles, if you follow a healthy diet and do not smoke. Basically, the better you take care of your body, the longer it is going to be healthy.
Mental Impairment – Brain function is one of the major changes that occurs with aging, ranging from memory loss and Alzheimer’s to loss of mental acuity associated with reduced blood flow to the brain.
While aging cannot be avoided, most of these problems can be impacted in a positive way with lifestyle adjustments related to nutritional intake, exercise, and positive emotional input.
For additional information, here is a link to the report that provides an overview of “Solutions for Lifelong Health and Beauty”
Best wishes for the healthiest life possible!