The body changes no one tells you about at 60 11



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Being 60 is a great time in your life. You fully embrace who you are, you say “stuff you” to anyone who doesn’t like it, and you try to live happily and in peace. Wouldn’t it be great if that’s how it was all the time? Sadly, it isn’t and the reality is that while you can have a wonderful life over 60, there are some things that can put the brakes on your plans or lifestyle.

After 60 years, your body is still changing and has a surprises in store for you.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common surprises you can expect in the coming years. Do you have any others to add?

1. Food will taste different

Do you remember watching your Grandma piling on the salt at supper? This is because of your taste buds changing and evolving. The cells that distinguish aromas decrease without being replenished as quickly. But don’t just sprinkle on the salt for more flavour, instead experiment with seasonings to enhance the dish.

2. Your sweat will smell different

You may have noticed your body odour has changed with age. This is because your sweat glands have reacted to the fluctuation in hormones and in some cases, medication.

3. Cravings will change

Switching from sweet to salty snack cravings or vice versa is normal. This is, like your sweat glands, due to shifting and fluctuating hormones. For instances, chances in serotonin levels are known to impact the desire for sweets, chips or other treats.

4. Getting out of bed in the morning will be difficult

Your body is beginning to feel the wear and tear of the previous 60 years; you’re just not as limber or strong as before. It is more common to feel stiff and sore in the morning.

5. You’ll slow down, literally

It’ll become harder for you to keep up due to the slow down of brain signals to your muscles. The brain cells that shoot motor-control commands begins to decrease for most people around 40 years old.

6. Dental hygiene will need closer monitoring

Just like as a child, cavities will become a concern again. Tooth enamel things and breaks down leaving your teeth exposed to more bacterial. Try to practice good dental hygiene: brush your teeth twice a day, floss and see your dentist regularly to prevent decay.

7. Bruises will be more common

A little bump may leave a mark because your skin is thinner and doesn’t have the same protection as before.

8. Recovering from injury will take longer and mystery aches will appear

As we age our muscle mass declines and repair mechanisms slows down. There is an overall decrease in strength and a longer recovery time so it’s important to stay active and build strength to avoid injury. You will also start to pay the price for poor posture or previous injury; people in their 60s begin to experience more body aches and pains.

9. Your skin will dry

Your body begins to produce less oil, which is great for those who struggle with adult acne but for the rest of us it means brittle skin. Remember the wear sunblock and drink fluids to keep your skin nourished.

10. You will likely shrink

The spinal column begins to get shorter due to loss of bone density and menopause means that new bone can’t be rebuilt as quickly as it’s breaking down. This means that women are likely to develop osteoporosis. Again, it’s important to do strength training or an activity that puts stress on your bones in order to signal your brain for new bone cells to be added. As well, it’s important to eat calcium-rich foods.

11. Your bladder might become a problem or you won’t be able to do your business

Many adults struggle with an overactive bladder. This is because the muscles that control the bladder become unstable leading to contractions before the bladder is completely full. As well, with age our kidneys process more urine at night.

The other problem that commonly occurs is constipation. Muscle movement from the colon slows, which changes your body’s mechanics. It’s important to eat a high-fibre diet and keep hydrated.

12. Weight control becomes a challenge

The shifts in our body’s metabolism and hormonal changes make it more challenging to lose weight and keep it off. Try to make smart choices and lead a healthy lifestyle to prevent weight gain.

13. Forgetfulness is inevitable

Have you noticed you can’t recall facts like you used to? Your brain won’t work as quickly as your younger self but by continuing to do mentally stimulating activities, you can keep your mind sharp.

14. Your sex life will be different

Different doesn’t mean worse! Yes, women may experience vaginal dryness and men may discover their erections are less firm and take longer to rise, but experts suggest that spending more time to become fully aroused can bring you and your partner more in sync.

Tell us, what surprised you about getting older?

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  1. I’m just popping out the back for a sec to top myself. Won’t be long!

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    • Our sense of humour stays about the same, thank goodness, Tony! As for the rest……..well, we are still here so it can’t be that bad.

  2. Never mind peeps, at least you are still alive even if oversixty!

  3. And all that is just the beginning! I find.i feel the heat more in the summer and the the winter, and i have noticed people don’t articulate when they speak , especially on the tv im for ever asking ever one around me to repeat what they said!! They just dont articulate !!!

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  4. At 71 am noticing all the above, also find sleeping through the night a problem as it’s usual to wake any time after2 am,which makes for a long day. Have a herbal sleeping pill which is wonderful as i wake around 6am.used to crash and sleep through a house falling down but not anymore

  5. At 71 am noticing all the above, also find sleeping through the night a problem as it’s usual to wake any time after2 am,which makes for a long day. Have a herbal sleeping pill which is wonderful as i wake around 6am.used to crash and sleep through a house falling down but not anymore

  6. Well, that a lot to look forward to. Although I have learned a lot from this. I just got myself into a good exercise routine and I have torn a muscle in my leg, so exercise stops for a month, all that muscle I have built up will be lost again. Any suggestions!

  7. Sleeping more deeply than I ever have. Could be because I can’t hear anything after I have taken out my hearing aids!

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