5 Most Surprising Age-related Health Changes


Hormones Still Wreak Havoc

If you think the hormone upheavals of adolescence are things of the past, you might be surprised to learn hormones still influence the body as it ages.

Menopause, or the natural process by which women generally between the ages of 45 and 65 experience shifts in hormone production that limits their ability to reproduce, causes many changes in the body [source: U.S. National Library of Medicine]. Hot flashes and skin flushing are usually expected, but some women are less prepared for the effects menopause has on their sex lives. Surprisingly, these hormone changes alter women's ability to become sexually aroused and may affect their emotions and memory.

Men aren't off the hook, either. With age, their bodies' ability to produce testosterone slightly wanes, which can result in reduced sex drive and psychological changes usually absent during young age [source: MedlinePlus].

Hormones can also alter both sexes' response to sickness, making it harder to fight off certain pathogens that younger bodies can handle.

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