We all age and unfortunately there’s nothing we can do to stop it. However, learning what’s going on inside your aging body will help you cope with the aging process.
Following are some of the effects of aging and how they affect your body:
Collagen production declines
A young body produces high levels of collagen- the protein responsible for smooth, soft and firm skin. However, its production starts to decrease at about the age of 25 and continues to drop as women enter the menopausal stage. This lack of collagen results in sagging and wrinkly skin—two noticeable signs of aging.
Sweat glands shrink
Wondering why elderly people tend to sweat less than young adults? Here is the reason. As we grow old, apocrine sweat glands, especially those found in your underarms shrink and become less sensitive. As a result, older people do not perspire as younger adults do.
Muscle mass decreases
Whether we like or not, muscle mass starts to decline at the age of 30. And by the age of 75, your fat content becomes twice than what you have when you were younger. So, having regular muscle stimulating exercises does not guarantee a lean physique especially when your body starts to age.
Brain gets smaller
Certain parts of the brain especially those responsible for learning, memory, and other complex mental activities get smaller as we age. The prefrontal cortex and hippocampus shrink and this could be the reason why you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. What’s worse, your brain starts to lose neurons at a rate of 50, 000 per day when you reach 30.
Taste buds decreases
We are born with 9,000 taste buds but unfortunately between the ages of 40 and 50, the number of taste buds decreases. And by the time you reach 60, you might not be able to identify the taste of sweet, sour, salty and bitter foods as you might have lost half of your taste buds.
Fret not, you’ll be fine
Without a doubt, aging comes with new challenges but rather than being upset in the stage you’re in, isn’t it better to find ways how to age happily? The transition may not be easy but it will help if you always look at the bright side of life.
Source: UC San Diego Health