[:en]There are many telltale signs of aging. Tissues start to wrinkle and sag, our hair will grow grey or fall out, our hearing and eyesight deteriorate, our energy wanes and we become less interested in and less able to perform sexually compared to when we were younger.
How Do Genetics Affect Aging?
It is also important to understand your genetics and your predisposition to various diseases. By this, it means studying your family history to see what conditions your parents or grandparents had, this may put you at risk for inheriting some of those conditions.
There is a whole host of diseases and disorders that are inherited. Understanding your risk of developing these can help you to modify your lifestyle so that you minimize the risk. As an example, you may have a genetic predisposition to developing high cholesterol. But, you can live in such a way that a proper diet and exercise program minimizes this risk so that you may never see a bad cholesterol number and never need medication to control it. Without knowing your risk, however, your likelihood of requiring medication to control your cholesterol is high.
How Do Hormones Affect Aging?
Your anti-aging physician will look at all your hormones because they all work together. It’s not just a matter of restoring your estrogen level if you are female or boosting your testosterone if you are male, it’s a matter of looking at the whole picture because all of your body’s hormones work together in concert just as do all the instruments in a fine symphony orchestra. Understanding and getting control of your hormonal balance then is an essential part of anti-aging management.
How Does Stress Affect Aging?
It’s important to consider these factors without overlooking happiness or contentment, and the avoidance of stress. Excessive stress on a regular basis can be very damaging to your health as well as physical appearance.[:]