Bruises take forever to healSantipong Srikhamta/Shutterstock
One important and oft-overlooked sign of premature aging is that you find yourself healing from wounds and injuries more slowly than you used to, says Ira S. Pastor, CEO of Bioquark Inc. The skin is your largest organ and normally has an amazing ability to heal itself, so if yours isn’t recovering well, something is definitely going awry in the internal aging systems, he explains.
You’ve got more wrinkles than your best friend from high schoolBarbaraKrupaPl/Shutterstock
A telltale sign of aging is wrinkles and sagging skin, and the rate at which you get them can indicate you are aging faster than you should be for your age. Genetics can play a role, but a big factor in loose, wrinkly skin are lifestyle choices, says Constantine George, MD, chief medical officer of Epitomedical and founder of Vedius.”Some may get wrinkly sooner than others due to things such as tobacco use, excess sun exposure, poor dietary habits, and alcohol consumption,” he explains. See exactly how your skin ages through every decade of your life. “This process can be slowed through lifestyle changes and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which contain high levels of antioxidants.”
You make excuses to not to go out with your friendsguteksk7/Shutterstock
“For me, a big sign a patient isn’t aging well is when they no longer enjoy doing the things they always loved to do,” says Otto J. Janke, DC, of Janke Family Chiropractic. “Often they’ll make up a reason that they no longer enjoy the sport, craft, or group that they at one time ‘lived’ for.” Why? (Hint: It has to do with this one simple thing that is the secret to aging well.) The mental and physical aspects of our bodies are closely linked. Whether this means you get treatment for depression or are evaluated for an underlying physical problem, it’s important to address your ennui because even if it isn’t making your life shorter, it’s definitely making it less happy.