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Like death and taxes, ageing is inevitable. But most of the physical changes that accompany it are smaller than you think. And a sensible attitude can help to alleviate many of them.
You are bound to experience some perfectly normal changes as you get older. The trick is to come to terms with the things you can’t control and take charge of the things you can. Here is a quick summary of what is ahead.
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Not such bright eyes The first indication that you are getting older may be how far away you have to hold the newspaper. If you hold it at arm’s length and your eyes tire easily, you probably have presbyopia (‘old eye’).
The lenses in your eyes are less flexible now and can’t shift as easily from distant to near sight. After the age of 40 you’re also at higher risk of glaucoma, a build-up of pressure in the front of the eyes that can cause damage to the optic nerve and may produce blind spots or loss of peripheral vision. You may also develop cataracts that cloud your lenses and restrict your vision. Early detection is important in both cases.
What was that? Hearing losses actually begin in your twenties. High-frequency sounds start to fade first, then by about 65, you may start to miss low-frequency sounds before hearing loss becomes noticeable. Not everyone becomes hard of hearing, but more than a third of people over the age of 65 have significant problems. Changes in the inner ear can affect your balance too, so take extra care not to fall.
Thin skin As you age, you literally become thin-skinned. You gradually lose the cushion of fat beneath the skin, along with the protein substances collagen and elastin and natural skin oils. As your skin gets thinner and more transparent, you may spot tiny veins through it. You might also see some hyperpigmented areas, or liver spots, but these aren’t harmful. What is harmful is the sun, which will worsen your wrinkles and overall skin condition, even if it doesn’t lead to skin cancer. Limit these problems by drinking plenty of water, wearing sunscreen, eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and cleansing your skin gently. Although it won’t give you back the skin you were born with, tretinoin can improve the appearance and texture of your skin. Available only by prescription, tretinoin creams peel away dead skin cells and boost the production of collagen, the protein strands that support the skin.
No pain You may find that your sense of touch isn’t as fine-tuned as it used to be. Dietary deficiencies, circulation problems and the normal effects of ageing on your nervous system may all be involved in the decline. You may be unable to sense pain or extreme temperatures as quickly as when you were younger. That makes you more vulnerable to heatstroke, frostbite and burns. So take extra care in extreme weather.
Was that garlic or onion? You may or may not have a problem with your ability to taste and smell, although the number of your tastebuds will definitely decrease and nerve endings in your nose may become less sensitive. Your sense of taste is related to your sense of smell, since your brain interprets signals from both to determine flavours. If either sense is impaired, it may dull your appetite and prevent you from getting all the nutrients you need. You may also find yourself over-salting your food.
Clogging up As you age, you might have some thickening and stiffening of your heart valves, heart walls and arteries, as well as a very slight slowing of your heart rate and perhaps some enlargement of the heart. The most common risk is that fatty deposits may accumulate on the inside of your coronary arteries, gradually hardening and narrowing the arteries so that your heart has to work harder to pump blood. This condition, called atherosclerosis, can result in insufficient blood flow to the heart, leading to temporary chest pain called angina. Bits of plaque may break off and block an artery, causing a heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and smoking exacerbate the condition. But the good news is that unless your heart is diseased, it can serve you nearly as well in your seventies, eighties or nineties as it did in your twenties.
Give me air Like your heart, your lungs can function normally until you are quite old. However, the lungs, chest wall and diaphragm become less elastic, so you may not be able to take in as much oxygen as when you were younger. But you might not even notice this except when you exercise or travel to high altitudes.
Slower motion Digestion takes slightly longer as you get older, but otherwise it too remains largely unchanged. You will probably have a slight decrease in digestive enzymes, meaning that a few nutrients, especially vitamin B12 and vitamin C, won’t be fully absorbed from food. Your liver will take longer to metabolize drugs and alcohol. That means you’ll feel the effects of both sooner.
Brain drain After about the age of 30, your brain begins to lose neurons. And by the time you are 80, your brain weighs about 7 per cent less than it did when you were 25. But there are only a few cognitive losses that can be attributed to ageing. First, as the brain ages, the speed at which it processes information slows down. Second, certain types of memory do decline – for instance, the ability to recall a name or word. However, none of this needs to make any difference to vour thinking and mental functioning or to your ability to remain independent.
No bones about it Until the age of about 30, we manufacture more bone than we lose. After 40, we may lose about 1 per cent of our bone mass every year. Women may lose as much as 20 per cent of their bone density in the five to seven years following the onset of menopause, dramatically increasing the risk of fractures. You can stave off much of this loss with calcium and weight-bearing exercises, and for some women, hormone replacement therapy may be advisable.
Reproductive realities The reproductive changes you’ll experience with age are gradual and need not hamper your ability to enjoy sex. Sexually active older men continue to produce sexual hormones and sperm at about the same levels as they did when they were younger. They may experience problems with th prostate, which enlarges and presses against the urethra. Women have a pronounced drop in hormone levels resulting in menopause, which has significant health implications. But managed well, they can be overcome
Are you immune? Your thymus gland, which governs the production of T-cells – your body’s main line of defence against infection and disease shrinks as you age. As a result, you are less able to fight off illness. Fortunately, modern medicine has eliminated or reduced the impact of many infectious diseases. And simple measures, such as taking certain vitamins and herbs and getting enough sleep, can actually increase your immunity.
The good news: unless you have cardiovascular disease, your heart can serve you almost as well in your eighties and nineties as it did in your twenties.
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- Reader’s Digest: Looking after your body