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Do people shrink as they age?

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People do shrink as they get older. Age-related shrinking can be attributed to a variety of different reasons, some of which are preventable.

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Do people shrink as they age?
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People shrink as they age because the vertebrates in the spine lose fluid and flatten. Over the years, the arches of the feet flatten, causing a person to be a little shorter. Most people lose muscle mass in middle to later life, and that affects posture. The more a person slouches, the shorter he or she appears.

In order to prevent age-related shrinking, regular exercise is necessary. Workouts geared toward core strengthening and those that work the legs and hips are important. Foods containing calcium and vitamin D also help.

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