The Wear and Tear of Living

People have a life span of about 75 years. Around age 30 to 35, our bodies begin a gradual decline in function and activity, and we respond more slowly and less effectively to stress and injury. Because we don't recover as well as we age, reducing stress and injury becomes more important.

It's never too late to give your body a break. In fact, now may be the time to make those changes you've been meaning to. You're more mature and more likely to follow your resolutions for better health, such as eating better and stopping smoking.

A healthy lifestyle is only part of the equation. The age of your heart and your bones is significant, too. If you are a 70-year-old woman, your body has weathered 70 years of wear and tear. If you are 35 and experiencing medical menopause, your ovaries may be in menopause but the rest of your body is still that of a 35-year-old woman.

Still, no matter your age, there are healthy choices you can make to help ease the transition into menopause and its symptoms.

Expert Quote

"I took care of an 84-year-old woman who had just been diagnosed with early breast cancer. More important to her, however, her surgeon had just taken her off estrogen hormone treatment, which she had been taking for forty years. ‘Menopause at 84 stinks,’ she announced."

-- Kutluk Oktay, M.D.

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