“When I was your age, I could throw a football with ease. When I was your age, I was turning heads when I walked down the street.”
Many of us at one point in our life will tell the younger generation of our glory days. If you happen to be at this point in your life right now, do not be ashamed or worried. This is the natural process our body takes and you shouldn’t be surprised by the changes you’re experiencing in your life right now.
This article discusses the 5 major changes most men in their 50’s experience.
- Decline in Testosterone
The one major change that men in their 50s experience is the decline in testosterone. You may notice that you are slowly losing muscle mass or your energy levels have depleted.
This is caused by a reduced production of testosterone by the body. This is called Andropause. According to Keep Me Prime, “Andropause involves a reduction in testosterone, androgen deficiency, and hypogonadism. Testosterone is a hormone involved in libido, mental and physical energy, muscle mass maintenance, and regulation of the fight-or-flight response.”
Regular exercise can help increase testosterone levels in the body. It’s important to ensure that your workouts are light on the joints but high in intensity as you age.
- Diminished Eyesight
The thought of losing your eyesight can be very daunting. This is also a common issue for men in their 50s. Some men in their 50s are forced to wear glasses if they want to do something common like reading a book. This can become very frustrating for some, as wearing glasses may not be something they had to do in the past.
Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be avoided. If you feel like your eyesight is not as strong as before, be sure to see an ophthalmologist for a prescription.
- Loss or Greying of Hair
Loss or greying of hair is also something that men in their 50s experience. It’s disheartening when you notice small strands of hair fall that are falling out in the bathroom sink or when you’re brushing a hair and notice a grey.
The reason your hair turns grey is there are cells called Melanocytes in your hair follicles that produce melanin which gives your hair its color. As you get older your body stops the production of those cells which in turn results in grey hair.
The most noticeable part of your body as a 50-year-old man would be the wrinkles on your face. Of course, there are factors such as:
- Skin tans
Those factors also determine how harsh the wrinkles appear.
- Decline in Immunity
As your body ages, so does your health. You will become more prone to catch common diseases if you are not careful.
Your diet will play a crucial part in controlling how vulnerable you are to catching those common diseases.
Will This Really Happen?
To answer that, yes it all will happen. There is no way to slow the aging process and over time you are more than likely to experience all of the above.