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Articles on Aging

Aging is a natural process, programmed into the genes at conception and it is inevitable.  It is a fact of life, but it does not have to be a death sentence.  As we grow older, we become different like anyone else. The older we are, the more time has elapsed for such factors as nutrition, genetics, physical activity, and everyday stress to influence our physical and psychological aging.  As we grow older, our body's function will also inevitably decline due to changes in each of our body's organs, and these physiological changes influence our nutrition status, just as growth and development do in the earlier stages of the life cycle.  In general, older people tend to lose bone and muscle and gain body fat.  As we age, many of these changes occur because some hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism become less active while others become more active.  Loss of muscle, known as sarcopenia, can be significant in the later years, and its consequences can be quite dramatic.  As muscles diminish and weaken, people lose their ability to move and maintain balance, making falls likely.  The limitations that accompany the loss of muscle mass and strength play an important role in the diminishing health that often accompanies aging.  Optimal nutrition and regular physical activity can help maintain muscle mass and strength and minimize the changes in body composition associated with aging.

 

Exactly how old is "old"?  At what precise spot on the calendar does youth end and old age begin?  We have all seen automobiles of "vintage" dates whose owners give them such careful, loving treatment (far more careful, in most instances, than they give their own bodies) that these conscientiously shined-up old buses perk along merrily for years.  While it is true that these venerable autos do not have quite the same dash and class as today's sleek models, yet, ironically enough, there are not infrequent occasions when these antique models are seen blithely chugging past their streamlined and stalled mechanical descendants.  Then we all know the fellow who buys a handsome new car - all bright paint and shiny chrome - and has it looking and running like a wreck in six months.  So there you have it - one car still in service and going strong despite the many, many years of license plates that have adorned its out-of-date chassis; and the other car, not a year out of the factory, ready for the junk yard.  The same thing holds true for the human machine.  The sluggish, half-alive person who moves through each day with no more effort than absolutely necessary, for all his scant twenty, thirty or forty years on this planet, is literally older than the peppy man or woman past forty who wakes up each morning with a genuine interest in what life is to hold for him or her in the next twenty-four hours.  Try putting some serious thought to the difference between living and being alive.  Staying young means living with vitality, in a body surging with power and energy, and with a mind tuned in to the vital principles of happiness.  If you are not alive to all the powers that are yours as a living, thinking human being, then something is wrong with the chemistry of your body.  You probably know several persons of your same age who are far more alive and youthful than you are.  Getting older need not be a bad thing. You can be fit, fabulous and looking radiant no matter what your age.  No reason, actually, why everyone past forty should not look and feel young and vigorous.  All it takes is the right attitude and a plan.  With some exercises and correct nutritional guide, your prime time will be all the time.

 

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