As you age, your body begins to undergo many changes. From the outside, it can be seen that physical changes will take place. Accordingly, there is a lot going on in your internal organs. Knowing your body’s changes and how to deal with them can help you feel more comfortable and healthy.
Here are the body changes you can expect as you get older.
Bones, muscles, joints
Aging forces your bones to shrink, which means your bones can become shorter over time. As a result, you may find yourself more prone to fractures, taking longer to recover from muscle, tendon, and joint injuries. Exercise should be done to slow these effects. Doctors may also recommend dietary changes to help you cope.
You will lose your hearing as you get older. For example, you might start to have challenges with your voice or hear sounds with a higher pitch. Therefore, communicating in a busy environment can be a challenge.
The solution to changes in your ear should come from a visit to your care provider. However, you may be advised to avoid noisy places or use headphones when working with large objects. In some cases, you may be advised to purchase a hearing aid.
Aging comes with a lot of changes in vision. For example, it is common for your lens to harden, forcing you to use an aid to see things. You may also have difficulty reading in low light and become color blind. Eventually, your eyes may not produce tears.
Coping with vision changes requires diagnosis. In most cases, your doctor will recommend glasses and advise you to stay away from brighter objects. For example, you may need to reduce the contrast on your monitor.
Cardiovascular system (The Heart)
Some of the bodily changes you will experience in your cardiovascular system include stiffening blood vessels, forcing your heart to work harder to pump blood. The good news is that your heart muscle will adapt to the new workload. The bad news, however, is that changes in the cardiovascular system come with an increased risk of high blood pressure and other heart-related problems. The best way to deal with these changes is to exercise more, eat healthy, quit smoking and get enough rest, especially sleep.
Kidneys and urinary tract
Over time, your kidneys will shrink in size due to the decreasing number of cells. In addition, blood circulation in the kidneys is affected due to the decreased ability of the blood to filter the blood. Dehydration becomes more because you also have a higher risk of urinary tract infections. Solutions may involve administering UTI medications, reducing salt and sugar intake, and seeking immediate medication for further diagnosis.
Brain and nervous tissue
With aging comes the loss of cells, including brain cells. Over time, you start to experience memory loss, which your brain fights off by increasing the number of brain cells for better function. However, you will notice that your reflexes slow down as you become easily distracted. To cope with the changes in the brain and nervous system, you must engage in more physical activity. In addition, doctors recommend some games to improve coordination.
Once you know your body changes as expected as you age and follow the recommended tips, you will age in a healthy way.