Your favorite pants are tight in the waist but loose in the legsNina Buday/Shutterstock
Gaining fat around your midsection is a common sign your body is aging quickly, Sears says. Add that to the muscle and bone loss that also accompany aging, causing your thigh muscles to shrink and your height to decrease, and you have the recipe for some really poor-fitting pants. The pants are the least of your worries, however, as these signs can indicate other health problems including metabolic syndrome and arthritis. Fortunately, with a little diet and exercise, you’ll be back in your pants in no time. Start by adding mushrooms to your diet, as they have powerful anti-aging benefits.
You’re burning through giant bottles of lotionDean Drobot/Shutterstock
Is your skin chronically dry and flaky? That could be a sign of premature aging, George says. However, there are other causes, like these 10 everyday things causing your dry skin. It can also indicate an underlying medical condition like hypothyroidism. Low thyroid function left untreated can also give you a puffy face, weight gain, thinning hair, impaired memory, painful joints, and muscle weakness—all things that will age you faster than a time machine, he adds. So if you have constantly dry skin, get it checked out by your doctor.
You sleep like a baby—fitfully, with frequent wakings, and not through the nightPhotographee.eu/Shutterstock
Insomnia or problems getting a good night’s sleep can be a sign your body is aging quickly. Often this is due to high levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. “Cortisol rises are inevitable as we age, however, with many people it rises too quickly, usually due to stress,” explains Sue Decotiis, MD, an anti-aging and regenerative medicine specialist in NYC. It’s important to get your stress level in check as too much cortisol not only ages you faster but can promote weight gain, lower your immune function, and can lead to many chronic diseases. In the meantime, make sure you’re not making these common sleep mistakes.