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    15 Signs Your Body Is Aging Faster Than You Are (2)Charlotte Hilton AndersenUpdated: Oct. 11, 2019

    15 Signs Your Body Is Aging Faster Than You Are (3)Medically reviewed by Michael Spertus, MD

      Have you stopped eating pickles because you can't get the jar open? Are your pants tight in the waist but loose on your legs? We've got news for you...

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      You have hair loss—and not just on your head

      Seeing a little (or a lot) of scalp peeking through your hairline is a well-known sign of aging but surprisingly, it isn’t limited to your head, says Bindiya Gandhi, MD, an integrative and functional medicine specialist inDecatur, GA. If you’re younger and you notice things getting a little sparse on your arms, legs or *ahem* other places, it can indicate your body is aging faster than you think. Gray hair is also a sign of premature aging. You may ask yourself, what causes gray hair? Well, here are the 7 sneaky reasons you’re going gray too soon.

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      You can’t lift the 30-pound bag of dog food into your cart

      Muscle strength is directly correlated to how you age, since you actually lose muscle mass the older you get, making you progressively weaker, says Barry Sears, PhD, author of the Zone Diet book series and president of the non-profit Inflammation Research Foundation inPeabody, MA. This isn’t destiny, however. You can increase your strength and build back some muscle mass by lifting weights or doing some other strength training exercises. Here are 12 signs your brain is aging faster than you are.

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      Bruises show up more frequently

      One important and oft-overlooked sign of premature aging is that you find yourself bruising more easily and healing from bruising more slowly than you used to, says Adam Friedman, MD, Professor and Interim Chairof Dermatology atGeorge Washington School of Medicine and Health Science in Washington, DC. ”A sign of photoaging on sun-exposed areas is easy bruising, called solar purpura, which results from chronic damage to the support structures around the small blood vessels in the skin,” he says. “Even the simplest of trauma cause them to rupture and the thin fragile skin from chronic sun damage doesn’t confer much protection to the vessels.” As a result, bruises are much easier to make.

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      You’ve got more wrinkles than your best friend from high school

      A telltale sign of aging is wrinkles and sagging skin, and the rate at which you get them can indicate you are aging faster than you should be for your age. Genetics can play a role, but a big factor in loose, wrinkly skin are lifestyle choices, saysAnthony Youn, MD, a plastic surgeon inTroy, MI and author of several books includingThe Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger. “Your diet can definitely impact how quickly you age,” he says. “There have been studies that have confirmed that a diet filled with anti-oxidant rich foods such as colorful fruits and vegetables results in healthier skin and less wrinkles than a diet high in saturated fats, processed foods, and sugary foods.” Smoking, excessive sun exposure and alcohol consumption also speed up the signs of aging on our skin, the American Academy of Dermatology reports. Here are 16 more signs your face is aging faster than you are.

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      You make excuses to not to go out with your friends

      Depression doesn’t necessarily increase with age but it can travel with poor aging, says Karol Ward, LCSW, a New York City-based social worker. “People can become depressed if their physical health declines, and they are unable to engage socially or physically the way they used to,” she says. Some people may makeexcuses for not going out with your friends because they feel like they can no longerkeep up, she says. “Telling the truth about how you feel, with people you trust, is a good way to combat feeling isolated and depressed,” she says.

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      You’ve stopped eating pickles because you can’t open the jar anymore

      Decreased hand grip strength may be linked to an increase risk of loss of independence and possibly earlier death, saysMaria Cole, an occupational therapist at theSpaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Framingham, MA. OnestudyinThe Lancet found that individuals with decreasing grip were 16% more likely to die from any cause than their counterparts whose hand grip strength remained strong and stable during the study period. “Additional research is needed to determine if working on increasing your hand strength will improve your health,” she says. “We do know as we age, we lose muscle mass however some lose it more than others.” Don’t wait for your hands to become weak, she says. “Using weights for forearm strengthening and hand exercises like squeezing a ball are ways to prevent weakness.” An occupational therapist can help find exercises that work for you.Decreased grip strength is just one of the clues that ourhands can tell us about our overall health.

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      Your favorite pants are tight in the waist but loose in the legs

      Gaining fat around your midsection is a common sign your body is aging quickly, Sears says. Add that to the muscle and bone loss that also accompany aging, causing your thigh muscles to shrink and your height to decrease, and you have the recipe for some really poor-fitting pants. The pants are the least of your worries, however, as these signs can indicate other health problems including metabolic syndrome and arthritis. Women who carry fat mostly in their torso are nearly two times more likely to develop heart disease than women who carried fat mostly in their legs, finds a study in the European Heart Journal. Fortunately, with a little diet and exercise, you’ll be back in your pants in no time. Here are the best anti-aging secrets dermatologists won’t tell you for free.

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      You’re burning through giant bottles of lotion

      Is your skin chronically dry and flaky?“As our skin ages, its ability to turn over, make all the good proteins and fats that solidify the top layer (stratum corneum) and keep moisture in diminishes, and accelerated skin aging from unprotected sun exposure will accelerate this,” Dr. Friedman says. However, there are other causes for excessive skin dryness like over washing and not using moisturizer. “Environment can also play a role – dry cold temperatures, low humidity, and radiator heat create the perfect storm for dry skin,” he says. Severe dry skin can also be associated with underlying medical issues, such as hypothyroidism and diabetes, he cautions. “Both, if not controlled, can worsen dry skin and ultimately accelerate the aging of your skin which is why it’s important to check in annually with your primary care physician for age-appropriate screening and evaluations.”Revealed: These are the best facial moisturizers for your skin type.

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      You sleep like a baby—fitfully, with frequent wakings, and not through the night

      Insomnia or problems getting a good night’s sleep can be a sign your body is aging quickly. Often this is due to high levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. “Cortisol rises are inevitable as we age, however, with many people it rises too quickly, usually due to stress,” explains Sue Decotiis, MD, an anti-aging and regenerative medicine specialist in NYC. It’s important to get your stress level in check as too much cortisol not only ages you faster but can promote weight gain, lower your immune function, and can lead to many chronic diseases. Here are 22 other daily habits that might be making you age prematurely.

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      Your face looks sunken or gaunt

      Bone loss is, unfortunately, a normal part of aging, and when you lose bone mass in your face, it gives you that characteristic “elderly” profile with sunken cheeks, thin lips, and prominent temples, Dr. Decotiis says. Some people hasten this process by smoking, having poor nutrition or poor cardiovascular health, or losing too much weight, making them look older than they already are, she explains. To counteract bone loss, eat and exercise properly and maintain a healthy weight. Learn the 9 secret signs your bones are in trouble.

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      People constantly guess you’re older than you really are

      When it comes to assessing a person’s “true” age, as opposed to their chronological age, our brains are pretty darn accurate, says Steven Austad, PhD, Chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology. “Ask a dozen strangers to guess your age and the average value they come up with is a pretty good indicator of your body’s biological age,” he says. Here are 30 anti-aging secrets that could add years to your life.

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      Everyone is always telling you to hurry up

      Are you constantly getting left behind when walking with friends your age? It turns out that a person’s normal walking speed is a pretty good indicator of how well you’re aging, Austad says. “Walking speed is an indicator of how leg muscles are working and says something about nerve conduction speed, two factors that go into aging,” he explains. Thankfully, this one has an easy fix: Take more walks and improve your fitness level. Here are7 tricks to make your daily walking habit even healthier.

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      You have more spots than a cheetah

      Sun damage is perhaps the most important cause of an older-looking face, as too much sun causes lines, wrinkles, dull skin, and the dreaded brown age spots to develop, says Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Zuckerman Plastic Surgery in NYC. If you feel like you have more of these than other people your age, especially if you never wear sunscreen, it’s a good sign your skin is aging faster than you are. Start wearing sunscreen, dress in sun-protective clothing, and talk to a dermatologist about other options. These are the best anti-aging products at every price point.

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      Going upstairs feels like climbing a mountain

      You might chalk up your difficulty with stairs to bad knees or poor fitness (which can also be signs of premature aging) but a major reason that adults suddenly get uncoordinated or unable to do physical things goes back to the type of muscle loss that comes with aging, explainsLaura Lapolla, a physical therapist at the Spaulding Outpatient Center in Framingham, Mass. “Less muscle mass equals smaller and weaker muscles making it harder to lift yourself up the stairs,” she says. Staying active by moving more and sitting less can help, she adds. “One good exercise to do related to climbing stairs is getting up from a chair,” Lapolla says. “Do this movement trying to limit the use of your hands 10-20 times a day including some at faster speeds to build muscle strength and power for climbing stairs.” There are many surprising things that may cause you to lose muscle.

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      Your period is super random

      For women, the frequency and predictability of your menstrual cycle can be an early sign of aging, and it can start 15 years before menopause.“One sign many people do not correlate with aging in females is irregular menstrual cycles in their 30s and 40s,” Dr. Gandhi says. “This hormonal irregularity is important to address since changing hormones can increase weight gain, decrease muscle mass, cause sleep disturbances, and cause your body to age faster, predisposing you to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.” Next, check out these 49 anti-aging foods that might add years to your life.

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      • Bindiya Gandhi, MD, an integrative and functional medicine specialist inDecatur, GA
      • Adam Friedman, MD, Professor and Interim Chairof Dermatology, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Science, Washington, DC
      • Maria Cole, occupational therapist, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Framingham, MA
      • Barry Sears, PhD, author of the Zone Diet book series and president of the non-profit Inflammation Research Foundation inPeabody, MA
      • Sue Decotiis, MD, an anti-aging and regenerative medicine specialist in NYC
      • Steven Austad, PhD, Chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology.
      • Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, plastic surgeon, Zuckerman Plastic Surgery, NYC
      • Anthony Youn, MD, plastic surgeon, Troy, MI
      • American Academy of Dermatology: "What causes our skin to age?"
      • Karol Ward, LCSW, social worker, NYC
      • Maria Cole, occupational therapist, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Framingham, MA
      • Lancet. "Prognostic value of grip strength: findings from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study."
      • Laura Lapolla, physical therapist, Spaulding Outpatient Center, Framingham, Mass.
      • European Heart Journal: "Association between regional body fat and cardiovascular disease risk among postmenopausal women with normal body mass index."

      15 Signs Your Body Is Aging Faster Than You Are (19)Medically reviewed by Michael Spertus, MD, on September 19, 2019

      Originally Published: October 11, 2019

      15 Signs Your Body Is Aging Faster Than You Are (20)

      Charlotte Hilton Andersen

      Charlotte Hilton Andersen, MS, is an award-winning journalist, author, and ghostwriter who for nearly two decades has covered health, fitness, parenting, relationships, and other wellness and lifestyle topics for major outlets, including Reader’s Digest, O, The Oprah Magazine, Women’s Health, and many more. Charlotte has made appearances with television news outlets such as CBS, NBC, and FOX. She is a certified group fitness instructor in Denver, where she lives with her husband and their five children.


      What causes a person to age quickly? ›

      A single gene mutation is responsible for progeria. The gene, known as lamin A (LMNA), makes a protein necessary for holding the center (nucleus) of a cell together. When this gene has a defect (mutation), an abnormal form of the lamin A protein called progerin is produced and makes cells unstable.

      Which part of your body ages the most rapidly? ›

      You might be surprised to know that your face is not actually the part of your body that ages the fastest. It is, in fact, your breasts. A study, published by the journal Genome Biology has found that breast tissue is the part of the body that's most sensitive to the affects of ageing.

      What are the physical signs of getting old? ›

      Natural changes happen in the body as we age, such as skin damage from sun exposure, loss of muscle and physical strength, loss of some sight and hearing, as well as changes to our sleep patterns, energy levels and appetite.

      What slows aging the most? ›

      Exercise is one of the best ways to delay aging. And with good reason: too much time sitting (sedentary behavior) is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and an early death. Aerobic activity is any activity that causes you to breathe harder than normal and your heart to beat faster.

      What foods slow down aging? ›

      Foods to Favor
      • Romaine lettuce. It's high in vitamins A and C, which curb inflammation. ...
      • Tomatoes. They're rich in a nutrient called lycopene. ...
      • Salmon. It's high in omega-3 fats, which fight inflammation. ...
      • Lentils and beans. These are good sources of protein and are loaded with fiber and nutrients. ...
      • Oatmeal.
      Sep 22, 2014

      What food makes you age? ›

      Foods That Age You
      • Spicy Foods. 1/12. Some like it hot … and some can't take the heat. ...
      • Margarine. 2/12. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and everything you eat affects it. ...
      • Sodas and Energy Drinks. 3/12. ...
      • Frozen Dinners. 4/12. ...
      • Alcohol. 5/12. ...
      • Processed Meats. 6/12. ...
      • Fried Foods. 7/12. ...
      • Baked Goods. 8/12.
      Aug 28, 2022

      At what age does your face change most? ›

      Most people begin to notice a shift in the appearance of their face around their 40's and 50's, with some also noticing a change in their 30's. But with these physical changes brought on by aging also comes a change in the appearance of our face - Luckily, there is treatment available.

      What things age you the most? ›

      Here are some avoidable culprits that speed up the aging process.
      • Unhealthy Eating. A constant diet of fatty, carbohydrate-laden foods is a huge cause of premature aging. ...
      • Alcohol. ...
      • Stress. ...
      • Sleep Deprivation. ...
      • Smoking. ...
      • Sun Exposure. ...
      • Lack of Exercise.
      Aug 22, 2016

      At what age does your body start to decline? ›

      After age 30, people tend to lose lean tissue. Your muscles, liver, kidney, and other organs may lose some of their cells. This process of muscle loss is called atrophy. Bones may lose some of their minerals and become less dense (a condition called osteopenia in the early stages and osteoporosis in the later stages).

      At what age does health start to decline? ›

      New study says decline begins in our 50s

      Researchers with Duke University's School of Medicine suggest that physical decline begins in the decade of the 50s and worsens as we age, especially for those who don't exercise.

      Why do older people sleep so much? ›

      Their organs are slowing down, and they have less energy. As a result, their body needs more rest to work effectively. When people grow older, they also spend more time sleeping because they can't do as many things as quickly as before. Sleep signifies the end of one's day and enables the body to make quick repairs.

      Do you get more tired as you age? ›

      Endurance can decline as you age — and you can tire more quickly — but fatigue is not a natural part of aging.

      What makes a woman look younger? ›

      Drinking enough water each day replenishes your skin's tissue and cells, allowing for younger and healthier looking skin. Another key to maintaining a youthful appearance is to simply get some rest! When you sleep, your body continuously releases hormones that promote cell turnover and renewal.

      What is the secret to anti aging? ›

      Get enough sleep, protect your skin with sunscreen, eat a balanced diet, exercise, and manage your stress. Those are only some of the many ways you can take care of your body as you go through the natural process of aging. If you take care of yourself, your body will thank you in the long run.

      How can I make my face look younger? ›

      Put on moisturizer every day.

      Use a moisturizer even if your skin is oily. Try an oil-free product. Try products that not only boost collagen and elastin, but also make your face more youthful looking by plumping it up with products such as silicone and hyaluronic acid.

      What is the #1 best fruit to slow aging? ›

      And according to Best, the best fruit to slow aging is papaya. "Papaya is a superfood that gets little attention for its ability to slow and reverse signs of aging, but the reversal happens both internally and externally at a cellular level," says Best.

      Which exercise is best for anti-aging? ›

      According to this study, you should add endurance and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to your routine. These exercises keep your heart rate up and can keep your cells younger for longer. The researchers determined this by measuring the structures at the end of chromosomes, known as telomeres.

      What food keeps you younger? ›

      • Extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest oils on earth. ...
      • Green tea. Green tea is high in antioxidants, which can help fight free radicals in the body. ...
      • Fatty Fish. ...
      • Dark chocolate or cocoa. ...
      • Vegetables. ...
      • Flax seeds. ...
      • Pomegranates. ...
      • Avocados.

      What can I drink to look younger? ›

      6 anti-ageing drinks that you should be sipping
      • Water. Let's start with the obvious one: water. ...
      • Grapefruit juice. Start off your mornings with a refreshing glass of pink grapefruit juice. ...
      • Green tea. ...
      • Beetroot juice. ...
      • Milk. ...
      • Cocoa.
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      What is the healthiest way to age? ›

      On this page:
      • Get moving: Exercise and physical activity.
      • Healthy eating: Make smart food choices.
      • Getting a good night's sleep.
      • Quit smoking.
      • Alcohol and other substances.
      • Go to the doctor regularly.
      • Social isolation and loneliness.
      • Stress.
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      How can I look 10 years younger naturally? ›

      How to Look 10 Years Younger, Instantly
      1. Use a Hydrating Mask. For tighter, glowing skin, put on a hydrating mask for ten minutes. ...
      2. Choose a Luminous Foundation. ...
      3. Lighten Your Hair a Bit. ...
      4. Wear a Ponytail. ...
      5. Exfoliate (But Don't Overdo It) ...
      6. White Out Your Waterline. ...
      7. Finish Your Look With a Mineral Mist.

      What makes a face look older? ›

      Loss of muscle tone and thinning skin gives the face a flabby or drooping appearance. In some people, sagging jowls may create the look of a double chin. Your skin also dries out and the underlying layer of fat shrinks so that your face no longer has a plump, smooth surface.

      At what age do you start aging faster? ›

      Experts have found that skin aging typically starts around age 25. In our mid 20s, our bodies gradually start to stop producing as much collagen as before which causes our skin to lose elasticity. While you can't turn back the clock, early prevention is key.

      What are the 7 signs of aging? ›

      The seven signs of ageing
      • Fine lines and wrinkles. Fine lines, crow's feet and wrinkles are the most evident and often most concern-causing signs of ageing for men and women. ...
      • Dullness of skin. ...
      • Uneven skin tone. ...
      • Dry skin. ...
      • Blotchiness and age spots. ...
      • Rough skin texture. ...
      • Visible pores.
      Sep 16, 2016

      What age do you start showing signs of aging? ›

      According to the doctors on the show, your 40s is when you really start to see major changes in the firmness of your skin. You're dealing with loss of volume and elasticity (leading to skin that appears saggy), as well as more pronounced wrinkles and sun damage, which may lead to conditions like melasma.

      At what age does health decline? ›

      For example, aerobic capacity declined 3% to 6% each decade in the 20s and 30s, but after age 70 the rate of decline accelerated to more than 20% per decade. The study also showed that after age 40, men's fitness levels declined at a faster rate than women, regardless of their level of physical activity.

      What are the 9 causes of aging? ›

      The accumulation of these lesions is one of the primary causes of aging.
      • Telomere shrinkage. ...
      • Epigenetics. ...
      • Protein folding. ...
      • Mitochondrial dysfunction. ...
      • Nutrient detection pathways. ...
      • The senescence of cells. ...
      • Stem cell depletion.

      What are the 3 visible main signs of aging? ›

      Wrinkles, age spots and small growths called skin tags are more common.

      What 3 things does aging affect? ›

      Common conditions in older age include hearing loss, cataracts and refractive errors, back and neck pain and osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, depression and dementia. As people age, they are more likely to experience several conditions at the same time.

      How do you tell if a girl will age well? ›

      Signs She'll Still Look Good in 20 Years
      • Her mom looks good. People claim you can tell how a woman will look at a certain age based on how her mom looks at that age. ...
      • All her friends are attractive. ...
      • She's already discussing plastic surgery. ...
      • She hasn't changed much since you've met. ...
      • She has always taken care of herself.
      Jan 14, 2015

      What are the signs of youthful face? ›

      Typical youthful features: high cheekbones, full cheeks, and a defined jawline. Generally as we age, facial bone changes, soft tissues (like muscles) fall due to gravity, and skin sags and droops downward.

      Does coffee make you look older? ›

      Caffeine can cause your blood vessels to constrict, and as a result, the vessels at the surface of your skin won't deliver as many antioxidants and nutrients to promote collagen production. "The results of drinking too much coffee can cause the skin to wrinkle prematurely, and become more lax with time," says Dr. S.

      How to look 10 years younger at 50? ›

      Skin brightening treatments, like Microdermabrasion, Light Peels, Micro Laser Peels, or the Clear & Brilliant Laser treatment all help patients to look 10 years younger or more, with just a few treatments. These treatments can be used in order to combat the signs of aging in the face, such as: Wrinkles. Age spots.


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