Let’s face it, aging is not fun. It hits us where it hurts (both figuratively and literally). Our bones become thinner and more brittle. The walls of our heart may thicken. Our brain cells can be damaged by the formation of plaques and tangles what aging has done to them, but what they can do to slow down the aging process, causing abnormalities that may lead to dementia.
Our digestive system becomes firm and rigid, possibly resulting in stomach pain and irregularity. Our senses become less sharp – we don’t see or hear as well, and we may start to lose our sense of taste. Teeth can start to erode and gum disease can leave us susceptible to tooth loss. Our skin loses its elasticity and may be more susceptible to the sun. Diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are more likely to finally catch up to us.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that there’s a lot we can still do to fight the ravages of aging. Even if you’re late in getting into the game when it comes to practicing good health, there’s still time to make a difference in your health.