Aging and Health | 5 Shocking Health Facts That Happen As You Get Older
As if the loss of bone density, slower metabolism and weight gain weren’t enough, there are other weird (and quite shocking) things that happen to our body that can greatly affect our health as we get older.
5 Weird Things That Happen When You Age
1. Your heart rate slows as you age.
Your heart can get bigger and slow down with age, and your arteries and blood vessels can “stiffen.” This is why some people who never had a problem before get high blood pressure and other heart problems as they age.
Promote a healthy heart by exercising, maintaining a proper diet and reducing stress. If you’re a smoker, now is the time to stop, and definitely don’t start!
2. Your aging bones really are shrinking.
You think you’re getting shorter? You might be. As you age, your bones really do shrink and they also lose density (as you probably already know). You may find yourself stumbling around more and losing coordination (no, it’s not just you), losing strength and flexibility and getting fractures easier. So, be careful!
To help, add calcium supplements and exercise–especially that exercise that helps flexibility.
3. As you get older, you have more trouble pooping.
Ick. I know. But, constipation is really common as you get older due to various factors (including an increase in different medications).
To stay “regular,” be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat a high-fiber diet.
4. Aging may make you pee on yourself.
If you’re a woman who has had a baby, you probably already know what we’re talking about. However, aging also contributes to loss of bladder control. Incontinence can increase with menopause in women and prostate issues for men
Believe it or not, maintaining a healthy weight can help with this issue.
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5. Yes, you are forgetting more things as you get older.
Memory loss is real (and it sucks). It’s just a fact. (Sorry.)
Keep mentally active by doing mental exercises–crosswords, word games, and online apps can help. Also, stay social! Stimulating conversation is important to keep your mind active.
Source: Mayo Clinic
This post is informational only. Please speak with your health care consultant for any issues or prior to making any changes.
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