The goal is to grow old, right? Everyone wants to have a long life. You may notice that your body changes as you get older though. Some of these changes are good, others are not so good. Some may even just be plain confusing. Here are 9 things that happen to your body as you age.
9 Things That Happen to Your Body as You Age
These changes may surprise you.
1. You Sweat Less
Researchers have found that the sweat glands shrink and become less sensitive as you age. So, no more awkward sweat stains on your shirt. Though this can also mean that you get hot very quickly, very easily.
2. You Lose Muscles
Muscle mass begins to decline as soon as you turn 30. It’s replaced by fat. By 75, your body fat is twice as much as when you were younger.
3. Teeth Less Sensitive
The hard inner tissue, dentin, is built up between the enamel of your tooth and its central nerve. This added padding decreases greatly later in life.
Plus, your gums recede, exposing the roots. This can make it easier to lose teeth or get cavities.
4. Smaller Brain
As you get older, parts of your brain shrink. Specifically, the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus, which are key to learning and memory.
It’s been estimated that the brain loses neurons at a rate of 50, 000 a day after age 30.
Though the average human brain has more than 100 billion neurons and brains learn how to adapt.
5. Less Colds
By the time you reach middle age, you’ve built up quite the immune system. So no more runny noses for you.
6. Less Migraines
This is for the ladies specifically. Because of menopause, you get less migraines. Studies show that 67% get relief after menopause because of hormone levels.
7. You Taste Less
By the time you reach age 60, you have lost half of your taste buds. This is why older people eat food that is high in sugar, salt, and fat.
8. Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can happen as early as your 20s. It tends be slow and not noticeable until you turn 50. 1 in 3 adults have hearing loss by age 65. By 75, it’s 1 in 2 adults.
9. You Get Happier
Studies have shown that older people are happier with time. As a kid, you are happy. Then, as you get older, that sense of happiness lessens. Then by the time you are a senior, you’re happy again. Some people believe this is due to either hormones or the stages you are at in your life.
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