The human body goes through a number of changes with age.
Most of them are not a sign of disease, but that does not mean that they are not distressing. If you are aware of these potential bodily changes as an expected part of the aging process, you can reduce some of your distress and anxiety.
Some of the most common changes can include:
- Your bones, joints and muscles may lose density and strength. They may shrink in size, which can make them more prone to fractures. Muscle mass also shrinks over time, and you are more likely to develop arthritis, a disorder that causes joint pain and swelling.
- Mobility issues may become an issue. You may find it more challenging to perform daily activities, such as climbing stairs, or getting in and out of the bathtub. Changes in bone density and muscle mass may make keeping your balance an issue for you.
- Skin becomes thinner and less flexible with aging. You’ll notice more wrinkles and age spots, but you may not be prepared for the fact that you will bruise more easily.
- Your body stature may change as a result of aging. As your metabolism slows down, it can be more challenging to lose weight. Body fat is more likely to be stored in your abdomen and buttocks.
- Teeth can become weaker as you age. Your gums can pull back from your teeth, and you may produce less saliva in your mouth. This dry mouth condition typically results in tooth loss, tooth decay, tooth infections, bad breath, and gum disease.
- The condition of your hair and nails can also change as you get older. Your hair can become thinner and weaker. As it becomes drier, your may notice that your scalp becomes itchier and more uncomfortable. Your nails may also become drier and brittle. Toenails may become thick and lose their natural shape. It’s not uncommon for people to develop nail fungal infections during this stage of life.
Body changes are a natural part of aging. Knowing the signs to look can help you prepare and eliminate any surprises.