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You might chalk up your difficulty with stairs to bad knees or poor fitness (which can also be signs of premature aging) but a major reason that adults suddenly get uncoordinated or unable to do physical things goes back to the type of muscle loss that comes with aging. “Your muscle health is the aging factor that’s rarely discussed, yet losing it can be a sign that your aging faster than your actual age,” says Suzette Pereira, PhD, research scientist and expert in muscle health with age, Abbott. “Starting at age 40, you can lose up to 8 percent of your muscle mass per decade.” Time to pull out your old weights!
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For women, the frequency and predictability of your menstrual cycle can be an early sign of aging, and it can start 15 years before menopause. (Do you know the quiet signs of perimenopause?) “One sign many people do not correlate with aging in females is irregular menstrual cycles in their 30s and 40s,” Gandhi says. “This hormonal irregularity is important to address since changing hormones can increase weight gain, decrease muscle mass, cause sleep disturbances, and cause your body to age faster, predisposing you to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.”
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