Many change of shape of the body is directly related with aging. Although some changes inevitably occur with aging, your lifestyle can slow down or speed up these changes.
The human body is composed of fat, muscle tissue (muscles and organs), bones, water and other substances. With age, the number and distribution of these materials will change.
Adipose tissue may increase toward the center of the body, including around the abdominal organs. The amount of fat in the body may increase to 30%.
While the fat mass increases muscle mass decreases. Muscles, liver, kidneys and other organs may lose some of their cells. This process of a loss of muscle mass is called an atrophy. Bones lose part of nutrients, particularly calcium, become less dense and decreases the amount of water in your body (a condition called osteopenia).
With age, a person can become shorter. The trend of decreasing growth occurs among all races and both sexes. This is due to age-related changes in the bones, muscles and joints.
People typically lose about 1 cm every 10 years from 40 years. The loss of growth becomes more noticeable after 70 years. In general, you can lose from 2 to 8 cm with age. However, reducing the of growth has an dependency. Physical activity, a proper diet, and treating osteoporosis can help reduce height loss.
Men often gain weight approximately to 55 years and then begin to lose weight. It may be related to the decline in the production of male sex hormone testosterone. Women tend gain weight up to 65 years and then begin to lose weight. Weight loss caused by loss of muscle tissue.
Of course, weight loss or increase varies from person to person. Diet and exercise play an important role in these changes.
Changing the total amount of fluid in the body of the elderly can lead to dehydration. Pay attention at how much fluid you drink.
At the change in of body shape plays an important role how your body reacts to taken drugs. The doses of drugs perhaps need to be adjusted with age.
Loss of muscle mass in the legs and changes in body shape can affect the overall balance, which leads to disruption of coordination and frequent falls.
Preventing age-related changes of body shape
Although many age-related changes can not be prevented, you can take steps to help retard or reduce them. Lifestyle plays a big role in how fast these age-related changes occur.
Healthy Lifestyle includes:
– Physical activity, regular exercise,
– Quitting smoking and Excessive use of alcohol
– A healthy and balanced nutrition.
– Inexpedient use of medication can speed up age-related changes.