Medical Myths about Ageing

Medical Myths about Ageing

Ageing is a normal life process but is scary for some and thus, cannot be accepted gracefully. There are multiple myths surrounding this.

Life expectancy at birth of humans has doubled from the time the human species split from the ancestor in ancient times.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 2020 and 2050, the world’s population proportion over a period of 60 years will double from 11% to 22%.

This article covers different myths about aging-related to exercise, sex, cognitive ability, and more.

  1. Deterioration of the Physical being is inevitable:

This is not untrue as our body experiences wear and tear from use for decades. At the same time, this deterioration need not be total; there are ways and means to slow this down.

According to WHO, improving your diet and also physical activity, you can tackle multiple problems that are associated with old age. These problems include increased body fat, reduced strength, reduced density of bone, and also high blood pressure.

Studies prove that only ‘expecting’ deterioration can make this deterioration process faster. All you need to ensure is making the right choices in your lifestyle and diet.

Another study proved that a positive attitude to life and also aging can slow down this process and also help you live longer.

  1. No Exercise for Older Adults:

Being active can help in boosting muscle strength. This can also improve mental health and bring down fat. There are quite a few who believe that there is no use of exercising once you reach a certain age. This is absolutely a myth.

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A study that put the older generation into exercise, proved that regular exercise for these people increased muscle size, muscle strength, and also functional capacity.

Evidence has also proved that regular exercise can bring down the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

It is important to consult your doctor before you start any new exercise.

  1. The requirement of Sleep in the Elderly is less (More):

It is not true that older people need more or less amount of sleep. They just enjoy a nap during the day time.

It is a fact that older people find it difficult to get sleep and the sleep is more fragmented.

As the body changes with age, it disrupts the circadian rhythms. This is what impacts sleep.

Besides these circadian rhythms, some diseases linked to old age can also disrupt sleep. This can be some form of arthritis or probably heart disease or COPD.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) a person between the age of 61 to 64, needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep, while those who are more than 65 years of age, require 7 to 8 hours of sleep.

Most of the myths surrounding age tend to center on the inevitable factor. Most people believe that their life will be boring painful, passionless in their old age and they will eventually crumble into dust. There might be certain changes in old age but this is not the end of the world.