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Aging with grace: Body changes (Part 2)

GOOD day, all!

I’m very happy to be writing this article that’s focused on the aging process. As you all know, aging happens to all of us. We cannot escape it, but it is our choice how we want to age. So what happens to our body as we age?

Heart

As we age, our blood vessels lose their elasticity. Fatty deposits build up against artery walls and the heart has to work harder to circulate the blood through your body. This can lead to high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.You can mitigate this by exercise and eating well.

Bones, Muscles and Joints

As we age, our bones shrink in size and density. Some people actually become shorter. Others are more prone to fractures because of bone loss. Muscles, tendons, and joints may lose strength and flexibility. Exercise is a great way to slow or prevent the problems with bones, muscles and joints. Maintaining strength and flexibility will help keep you strong.

Digestive System

The ability to swallow can decrease as we age, and the good bacteria in your gut can also decrease. It’s good to regularly get medical checkups and include in your diet prebiotics and probiotics.

Kidneys and Urinary Tract

Kidneys may become less efficient in removing waste from the bloodstream because your kidneys get smaller as they lose cells as you age. Chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure can cause even more damage to kidneys.

Brain and Nervous System

As we age, we naturally lose cells. This is even true in the brain. Memory loss occurs because the number of brain cells decreases. The brain can compensate for this loss by increasing the number of connections between cells to preserve brain function. Reflexes may slow down, distraction is more likely and coordination is affected. Playing mahjong, and retaining the ability to work, can help decrease the age-related effects of aging on the brain.


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