Summary of The Wall Street Journal‘s article on how to prevent the signs of aging:
- Start wearing earplugs to concerts when you turn 25. Also, it’s probably best to plug your ears when the subway goes by or there’s construction nearby.
- Hearing is best until 25 and at 50 hearing loss becomes noticeable, prevent it using above step.
- Memory and processing peak in your 20s, so start writing a journal. It’s nice to look back and read about important events in your life that you can no longer remember.
- In your early 30s, you should start taking Vitamin D for bone mass health.
- Sarcopenia, a progressive loss of skeletal muscle, occurs in your 30s. So start doing pilates to build core and postural strength. Core strength contributes to balance, which is crucial for going up and down stairs in your 60s and 70s.
- Loss of muscle mass is 10% per 10 years.
- After 40, learning new information is difficult. This means read, learn, and grow in your 20s and 30s.
- Eyesight and health declines starting in your 40s. The worst issue is age-related macular degeneration, which can’t be cured. So for prevention, eat a diet of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc and copper, and other vitamins found in leafy greens. Also, don’t smoke.
- In your 50s, lower-body strength and balance decline so start doing those squats and yoga now!
Takeaway: Take care of yourself now, even if you don’t feel or see signs of aging yet.