This is a great question we get on a regular basis from the patients we see.  Unfortunately, the answer to the question is yes.  Time takes its toll on the human body.  That’s true no matter how much you exercise, or how healthy your lifestyle is. Many of the impacts your body suffers as you get older makes you more fragile.

Here’s a quick overview of what you have to look forward to:

  • In your spine, over time, you’re likely to see the growth of bone spurs. Your vertebrae will begin to lose minerals, making them thinner.  Between each of your vertebrae, you have a disk that serves as a kind of cushion.  As you get older, these disks lose fluid and become thinner, making it more likely that you’ll begin to suffer chronic back pain.
  • Just like your vertebrae begin to lose their mineral content, the same thing happens to every other bone in your body, making them thinner, more brittle, and thus, more easily broken.
  • As you age, you begin to lose muscle mass which also serves to make you increasingly frail and fragile. The muscle mass you have remaining is also less toned, and as these problems worsen, you’re simply not able to move around with the freedom you once did.
  • The joints in your body are lubricated by fluid, and like the fluid in the disks in your back, this slowly drains away, which can lead to pain and stiffness caused by increasing levels of inflammation.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for old age.  It’s coming for all of us, so while there are things you can do to postpone the effects described above, at this point, there’s simply no way to stop it from happening.  Old age isn’t for the faint of heart!

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