10 months ago
Last edited at 10:19PM on 2/13/2013
In a single phrase:Your chest drops into your drawers.
By the time you reach old age you're likely to pay the price for a lifetime of bad habits. If you habitually ate the wrong kind of food there may be all manner of illness, especially those related to cholesterol and heart conditions.
By the time they reach 50 smokers are moving into danger areas including heart disease, emphysema, and cancer.
Most of us end up with arthritis and the majority of men probably have prostate problems; many of us develop prostate cancer, which is normally treatable.
Sex is likely to suffer for several reasons. Prostate is one but there can be a lessening of desire. (I can still remember how, I can't seem to remember why.)
And most of us get some form of arthritis. That's good fun.
Basically you can still have a great lifestyle but you have to work at it. Diet and exercise, even at an advanced age, can reverse many problems.
Weight of gravity catches up with our brittle bones and we get shorter. Osteoporosis kicks in. Our immune systems will be more vulnerable. Skin will get saggy. There are many, many symptoms of aging. Good thing I am not there, yet.
The body gradually declines as we get older, in a process which takes decades. As for health, that depends on luck, although most people will get a touch of arthritis at least and more than likely everyone who gets old enough will experience health problems of some kind.