Getting Old Part 2: How Does Aging Affect Your Overall Body Health, Sexual Function, and Zest for Life.

At Dr. Life’s Office we have helped many people take control of their aging process. In this article we are going to go over some of the common changes which can occur in the human body while it is aging. We’ll also go over a few ways you can make the most out of these changes.

What does “getting old” really mean?

Before we jump into the multitude of changes which can occur in the human body as you age, let’s first look at the ways in which people can age. According to an article posted by Merck Manuals a person can become old in three different ways.

  • Psychological age: This refers to how people feel and act. You can have a 50-year-old who is constantly bed-ridden and generally lacks verve. His psychological age would actually be older that that of an 85-year-old who works, plans, and eagerly anticipates what the future holds.
  • Chronologic age: Chronologic age is based entirely on the passage of time. In truth, a person’s chronologic age has very limited value when it comes to determining someone’s health.
  • Biological age: This refers to the changes in the body that can commonly occur as people age. Richard W. Besdine, MD, an expert in geriatric medicine, has this to say about biological age, “These changes affect some people sooner than others, some people are biologically old at 40, and others at later ages. However, most noticeable differences in apparent age among people of similar chronologic age are caused by lifestyle, habit, and subtle effects of disease rather than by differences in actual aging.” 

Many people think that these three forms of aging are inextricably linked together, but they are not. Just because you are getting older in years does not mean that your physical and mental health has to deteriorate.

What happens to the body as it gets older?

Many of the changes that occur in the body start with the changes that are occurring on a cellular level. Individual cells either thrive or deteriorate and this alters the connected bodily functions, tissues, and organs. These cellular changes can manifest as glandular disorders, changes in mood or behavior, abdominal perforation, and even heart attacks.

It is important to remember that these physiological conditions are not brought about solely by increasing years. Biological health has more to do with the way you use your body and take care of it than your chronologic age.

How does aging affect sexual performance?

According to the National Institute on Aging, sexual problems and/or impotence can be caused by chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, incontinence, stroke, depression, certain medications, alcohol, repeated surgeries, and more. Your sexual health and performance is generally a great index for total body health. If you are struggling with impotence or lack of sexual desire it will often be found that there is another malady or condition which is affecting your body.

Another factor in sexual health is your psychological age. Your mood and attitude towards life and those around you can play a major role in the changes which are occurring in the bedroom.

Do you want to grow old at your own pace?

Contact Dr. Life’s office today and get your personalized medical program. Take control of your aging process and make the most out of life.