Everybody ages differently and nobody actually understands how they wound up at their own 60 th birthday party. For the majority of members of us, “old” will always be 20 years down the road from whatever age we are now. But there are some amazes in store for some young-ens, some things that nobody alerts you about. We asked our friends and Huff/ Post5 0 readers what caught them “off ones guard” about the aging process. Here’s some of what they said 😛 TAGEND
1. Hair relocates; who knew ? Yes, men — and often women — go bald as they age. According to the American Hair Loss Association, by age 35, two-thirds of men experience some hair loss. By 50, about 85 percent of men have significantly thinner hair .~ ATAGEND Among the individuals who lose hair, 40 percent are female.
But aging also brings with it hair growth in places you don’t genuinely want there to be. Menopause — and certain hormone replacement products you take to beat back its symptoms — can cause facial hair to grow on women. Let’s face it: Thick black chin hairs and a coarse mustache are no friends of womankind.
While there is no scientific proof to prove this, many a women’s volume club has discussed whether the chin hairs appearing are somehow connected to the eyebrows vanishing. Yes, eyebrows run MIA and in many cases, take your eyelashes with them. Truth. Prozac taken for depression and Atenolol for hypertensioncan also cause it. How big a bargain is losing your eyebrows? A pretty big one. Some people have even taken to having eyebrow transplants.
And lastly, there is a change to pubic hair. It thins out to a shell of its former glory and will turn white or gray just like the hair that remains on your head. Don’t sweat this one too much because the extra belly roll that many middle-agers bud generally blocks our vision of what’s going on down below anyway.
2. Our bellies can beget more bellies .
On men, we call those protruding pockets that spill over the top of trousers “beer bellies.” But women get them too and they truly don’t come from drinking too much brew. They are belly fat and they are the enemy of good health. Regardless of your overall weight, carrying around a spare tire on your middle will increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and kind 2 diabetes. The National Institute on Agingsays belly fat comes from the age-related slackening of your metabolism.
Reader Helen Pardoe, who is nearly 70, has put on some weight since she retired five years ago. “While working I was always very slim, ” she said. “It could be that I sit more, or I have less stress or that I enjoy my food more…” She added, “I am not complaining. I am healthy and I can put up with dieting every so often, only to maintain my fat under control.” Same thing happened to reader Sue Burroughs, who just turned 69 and retired two years ago. “I always took the stairs and frequently used them multiple times every day at work — 42 steps! Now with about 15 additional pounds to carry around, I realize what a good thing I was doing! “