How Does Aging Affect The Human Body? Essay

1034 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 5 Pages
The human body is exceptionally durable relative to its size, especially against the inevitable. Aging occurs in everything- people, animals- even bacteria. While not everything ages the same, every living thing undergoes changes as they get older. These changes can affect the brain, organs, and skin. The real question is: how does aging affect the human body? The study of aging and how it affects the human body and humans in general is called Gerontology (Gerontology 1). Gerontology started with Nathan Shock and William Peter in 1958 (Why Study Aging? 1). While women were not involved in the studies initially, they do age just the same as men (Why Study Aging ? 1). The theories on aging range from UV light exposure, to by-products of the metabolism- the theories even include that aging is predetermined by genes (Minaker 1). Signs of aging can range from height loss to a rise in body fat (Minaker 1). Some symptoms of aging are wrinkles, more frequent heart attacks, inflammation, or it may lead to alzheimers or diabetes (McGowan 1). The average human can lose one to three inches of height per year after age seventy (Minaker 1). This is a result of aging and changing in the bones, muscles, and joints (Minaker 1). Weight loss can occur from lean muscle becoming fat (Minaker1). Changes in weight or muscles can affect balance and cause more frequent falls (Minaker 1). Aging also causes bones to become thinner, temperature being harder to regulate, waste product accumulation in…

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