Body changes after 50

Fifty plus? Here’s a quick guide to possible changes that may start taking place in your body.

As we age, we gain wisdom and experience. Or we hope we do. But unfortunately our bodies eventually start showing signs of ageing as muscle function, healing ability and blood flow start slowing down. Then there’s also the inevitable “wear-and-tear” that takes its toll on everyone at a certain age.

How we lived when we were younger (and how we choose to live now) as well as our genetic inheritance both have a major effect on how healthy we are when we cross the line into our fifties.

But it isn’t all bad news: medical research is making major strides in the treatment of age-related conditions. And good self-care and preventative measures go a long way to reducing the effects of ageing.

Here’s more about some of the bodily changes most people can expect when they turn 50:

Changes in your skin and hair.

Your skin will start to become thinner and lose fat and also produce less oil, which will cause it to become drier and less elastic. Few people escape the wrinkles of middle and old age, but good skin care, and avoiding the sun, can certainly arrest this process.

Hair-pigment cells will become fewer and your hair will start to turn grey. Hair will become thinner on the scalp (much more so in men than in women).

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