It will happen – at some point you will start to show signs of slowing down and aging and while the process is inevitable, it doesn’t have to be unbearable. Certain lifestyle choices can slow the process and help maintain good health throughout your golden years. “Aging is a normal and natural process for humans. However, with aging a wide variety of physical, mental, emotional, social and economic changes also take place in an individual’s life.” dr. Jagdish Khubchandani, MBBS, Ph.D., professor of public health at New Mexico State University, tells us. He adds: “The most prominent changes with age occur in the field of physical and mental health. Research in the 21st century has shown how aging is accelerated in some individuals and how this acceleration can be delayed or prevented.” Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Surefire signs that you’re already over COVID.
dr. Khubchandani says, “Loneliness and social isolation were connected with an increased risk of premature mortality and an increased risk of chronic diseases. While social priorities may change or work responsibilities may increase with age, people who remain isolated do not connect socially with others or remain pessimistic may eventually develop coronary artery disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s diseaseand a variety of other physical health problems. Every day, you should make time for socializing and meeting with family and friends, as well as exercise; this will help stop rapid aging.”
dr. Khubchandani says, “Long-term studies that followed individuals over time showed that smoking and drinking people look older. Today, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Alcohol consumption is associated with heart disease, stroke and accidents, to name just a few examples. Every time someone uses tobacco or other drugs, it affects the lungs, heart and brain. Chronic insults then reach a climax heart attacksstrokes and cancers which are the result of inflammation, organ damage and rapid aging of body systems.”
“With age comes natural decline in our physical strength and weakness increases,” Dr. Khubchandani reminds us. “Also, as we age, the metabolism becomes slower and our body tends to accumulate a lot of fat in the abdomen (eg visceral abdominal fat), which is associated with immune, inflammatory and biochemical changes in the body that are harmful (especially for the health of the heart and brain). People who have maintained an inactive lifestyle, it is time to make sure that you are now very active and that you are getting enough physical activity and exercise. Family and work responsibilities may have taken time until age 50 or beyond, but having daily exercise and strength training routine will give you more energy, stop rapid aging and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke (the leading causes of death). Exercise is the most cost-effective medicine for increasing the quantity and quality of life and preventing accelerated aging. The National Institutes on Aging have extensively described the benefits and rationale for exercising as we age.”
dr. Khubchandani points out, “Food is medicine; it must be consumed in the right amount, at the right time, and of the right quality. Unfortunately, most adults do not consume enough fruits and vegetables and many do not get the necessary minerals, vitamins and nutrients. With age, nutritional needs and appetite change, so you need to pay attention to content, frequency and schedule nutrition. Although it applies to all ages, as you get older, get used to eating less sugar, salt, saturated fatty acids and add more fruits and vegetables and unsaturated fats to avoid the risk of being overweight, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. An unhealthy diet cannot help with age-related decline in physical function, and it can also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease (such as heart attack and stroke) or make you more likely to have it earlier in life. National Institutes on Aging provides guidance about the key elements of nutrition that are needed with increasing age and can help stop the rapid aging process.”
According to Dr. Khubchandani: “While screening for health risk factors depends on age and likelihood of risk factors, many organizations and medical societies have recommendations specifically for people age 50 and older. These recommendations apply to both males and women. Early detection of health behavior and lifestyle problems (eg obesity and alcohol abuse) or diseases (eg high blood pressure) will ensure that you can prevent further health deterioration and continue to look and feel younger, as many of these problems are linked with premature and rapid aging (e.g. cognitive decline with high blood sugar).”
dr. Khubchandani tells us: “One of the few phenomena of the aging process visible to the naked human eye is seen in the skin. The skin is the largest organ that needs maintenance of tone, texture, hydration and proper nutrition. The skin is also sensitive to exposure to toxic substances such as are pollutants, ultraviolet radiation, extreme weather. skin protection (eg avoiding air pollution, using sunscreen, covering up) and food (eg adequate intake of vitamins, minerals and water) is key to looking fresh and not older than your years.”
“Since The covid-19 pandemic In the beginning, stress and sleep problems have rapidly increased in society,” states Dr. Khubchandani. “People today feel more stressed and sleepless than ever before, and may also be experiencing physical and mental weakness. Stress and lack of sleep promote inflammation in the body, resulting in the release of toxic chemicals and a series of neuropsychological, immune, and biochemical imbalances that affect the aging process. What’s worse is poor stress management, lack of sleep hygiene and not taking care of yourself. The combination of stress and inflammation that causes the biological changes associated with aging is also called flammable. The aging process and sleep are also bidirectionally related (eg aging can be related to sleep problems and vice versa). Genetic and biochemical the change in human body cells due to lack of sleep can cause an acceleration of the aging process and indirectly cause aging by increasing the risk of many chronic diseases that cause damage or degeneration of the body’s organs. Individuals should ensure quality sleep enough hours by maintaining good sleep hygiene to avoid looking or feeling older.”