Getting Old Part One: How Does Aging Affect Your Hormones, Body Appearance, and Energy Levels?

Aging is an undeniable force of nature. As you grow older, your body can go through many changes in physical constitution. Your energy output, hormone levels, and even facial features can alter markedly during the aging process. In this post we are going to lay out a few of the effects your increasing years can have on you, and a couple of Dr. Life’s insights into how you can maximize your body’s aging process.

How does aging affect your hormone levels?

In order to understand how aging affects your hormones, you first have to have a basic grasp of how your endocrine system works. It is a series of organs and tissues that produce hormones. These are then released into the bloodstream and used by other organs and systems for various purposes.

As you age, your body’s hormone production can change. Some hormones may decrease and some may increase. The way the tissues processing these hormones react can also vary over time. Receiving organs will often become less sensitive over time, thus requiring more hormones to produce the desired result.

Aging men very often experience a decrease in testosterone. This opens the door for changes in mood, sleep regularity, and sexual health.  An aging woman can have significantly lower levels of estrogen and estradiol. This can lead to a myriad of manifestations including fatigue, decreased libido, incontinence, thinned bones, and more.

It is important to know the effects of these changing hormone levels can be mitigated and even reversed with proper diet, exercise, and supplementation. This plays a large role in Dr. Life’s philosophy regarding anti-aging.

How does getting older affect your physical appearance?

As you continue to get older, you may notice that you don’t quite look like you did when you were a spry 22-year-old. Your skin may have a few more wrinkles, your waistline may have a few more inches, and your hair may have a little bit less color.

Wrinkles and sagging skin are some of the characteristics most frequently associated with old age. These can be aggravated by factors like long-term, unchecked exposure to the sun and smoking. According to WebMD: “Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching.”

Gray hair is another attribute commonly assigned to aging. One theory cites oxidative stress as a potential cause of graying. According to this hypothesis, the process of putting new hairs together could cause an excess of free radicals, which could then damage the cellular structures that create pigment.

How does aging impact your energy requirements?

When you eat food, your body’s metabolism breaks down the component parts of that nourishment to produce energy. As your body ages (especially if it is not cared for with proper diet and exercise), its metabolic rate can begin to slow. Many aging bodies also need an increasing amount of energy-rich food in order to maintain vitality. These factors combined mean that many people begin to suffer from a severe lack of energy as they get older.

Eating small, healthy meals frequently throughout the day can help regulate your energy levels. Drinking lots of water and limiting alcohol intake can also assist with improving your energy throughout the day.

Do you want to start aging on your own terms?

Contact Dr. Life’s office today and get your personalized medical program. Our friendly staff will help you every step of the way as you navigate back to health and vitality.

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