No one can deny that they are, at least, a little bit scared of getting old. Our bodies undergo major transformations and we often don’t know how to deal with them. It is important that we learn to recognize what is dangerous and what isn’t so that we know when to get help from medical professionals.
Here are 10 ways your body changes as you grow old and how you can make sure that you’re okay with them:
1. Decreased Sensitivity
When you get older, your dental sensitivity to the temperature of your food reduces. While it may seem like a nice thing to be able to eat ice cream without your teeth hurting, this is happening because the nerves in the teeth are shrinking. This can also lead to cavities and other oral issues so it is best to regularly visit your dentist.
2. Larger Nose
Unlike many other parts of your body, your nose never stops growing because it is made of cartilage and not bone. When you hit 50, it grows fast and maintains that speed for the next decade or so. The end of your nose also becomes more curved as get older. But there are no health issues here to worry about.
3. Slimmer Hips
Our cells start losing fluid as we grow older and this changes our shape. In women, the waist becomes wider as the hips become thinner. The decrease in testosterone in men redistributes body fat and changes the structure of their hips as well.
4. Shortened Lashes
When you don’t take care of your eyelids properly or when you have problems with your thyroid gland, your eyelashes become thinner and shorter. This usually happens when you age. Research has shown that people of both sexes have experienced this happening as they get older.
5. Increasing Sex Drive
Hormonal imbalances are a common side effect of menopause. According to science, this is how female bodies work to ensure that the woman has the opportunity to bear more children before their reproductive systems give out. When they’re in their 40s, most women are already living stable lives so they also have more time to focus on sex.
6. Missing Freckles
Usually, those who have fairer skin tend to have freckles from their younger days. Researchers believe that these may go away as the years go by.
7. Larger Foot Size
According to experts, our feet flatten as we grow older and so they increase in length and width. Due to the tendons and ligaments weakening over time, we usually need to get shoes at least a size bigger than what we used to wear.
8. Changing Prints
In a massive study, conducted on thousands of people, researchers discovered that both injuries and aging can cause changes in the papillary lines that make up our fingerprints.
9. Perceiving Hues
An American study in which around 900 elderly volunteers participated showed that as our eyes grow older, a yellow filter develops. Certain colors like blue and purple become harder to distinguish.
10. Changing Taste Buds
Our taste buds are always renewing when we’re younger but they do so at a much slower rate as age catches up to us. Researchers have proven that this affects the way we taste things. Something you didn’t like when you were younger might taste amazing to you when you’re older. This occurs in women when they are around 50 and for men, it happens a decade later. Foods like goat cheese, gherkins, and beans taste better to older people.
But even though all these changes occur, there’s also a study that shows that older people are also happier people. They tend to deal with their issues with more positivity than younger people.