10 Body Changes That Can Show Your Age Faster Than Your ID

According to Gail Saltz, the fear of aging is one of the most common phobias that people experience. The thing is, the body’s always changing and as a result, it reveals its features that were previously hidden. Doctors think that you should know which changes are fine and which are actually bad, and that that’s enough to stay safe and sound.

Bright Side agrees with the experts and wants you to know how your body changes as you get older and what you need to do to lead a comfortable life after these changes occur.

10. Teeth become less sensitive.

As time passes, our teeth become less sensitive to hot and cold food. Though this sounds like a good thing, in reality it may cause new problems. According to the American Dental Association, the nerves in your teeth can shrink as you age, which is what causes the lack of sensitivity. When this happens, people stop feeling the symptoms of cavities and other dental problems.

9. The nose gets bigger.

On average, the body stops growing at around age 18. But some body parts, like the nose, continue to grow throughout your life. This happens due to the changes to the soft tissues, muscles, and cartilage that form the nose. Unlike bone, cartilage continues to grow. The process speeds up at the age of 50 and continues at the same pace for up to 60 years. What’s more, the tip of the nose often droops as you age.

8. Hips get smaller.

As you age, cell fluid loss causes visible changes to how your body looks. Women’s thin waists and wide hips turn into wide waists and narrow hips. In men, the drop in testosterone levels that occurs with aging likely affects fat distribution and hip circumference, both of which commonly decrease as men get older.

7. Eyelashes get shorter.

Improper eyelid care, thyroid issues, and allergies are the most common factors that affect the length and thickness of eyelashes. They inevitably change as you get older. According to several studies, 44% of men and women notice that their eyelashes have become shorter and thinner over the years.

6. Libido gets increased.

As menopause approaches, the hormonal background becomes less and less stable. Scientists claim that it’s a trick used by nature to let women increase their chances of getting pregnant (the reproductive function decreases and libido gets boosted). Psychologists think that at 40 years old women enter a period of sexual liberation since their lives are already balanced: their children have become independent and their careers are stable.

5. Feet get bigger.

Orthopedists claim that our feet get flatter and, thus, longer and wider. This happens because our ligaments and tendons weaken as we age. So this is the reason why people have to buy shoes in a larger size than they used to buy several years before.

4. Freckles disappear.

As a rule, people with light skin tones and red hair have freckles. They usually appear in childhood or youth. Experts think that freckles partially or completely disappear as time passes.

3. Fingerprints change.

For many years, criminologists all around the world believed that fingerprints never changed. But in 2015, scientists carried out a big experiment. They studied the fingerprints of more than 15,000 people and found out that not only an injury, but also a person’s age, can affect the papillary lines.

2. Color perception changes.

Many people face color perception issues as time passes. American scientists have conducted research and studied 900 people aged 58-102 years. It turns out that eye age changes create a yellow filter effect. This prevents us from properly telling the difference between colors like blue and purple or yellow and green.

1. Food taste changes.

Later in life, the renewal of our tongue’s taste buds slows down. According to the experts, this has an impact on food perception. It’s the reason some products taste bad in youth and become delicacies later. Women usually experience food preference changes after age 50 and men after 60. By the way, according to studies, the most popular “adult” products are goat cheese, gherkins, and beans.

Bonus: The feeling of happiness

Despite all the above facts, elderly people are happier. Scientists from San Diego conducted a study and enrolled more than 1,000 men and women aged 50-99 years. It turned out that elderly people were more positive than young people when facing different problems.

Do you know of any other changes that happen to our bodies when we age?

Illustrated by Natalia Okuneva-Rarakina for Bright Side
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