Height Shrinkage and Age

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We all dread it. Getting older has very little benefits and many disadvantages. Shrinkage is one of them.

From the age of 25 onwards, we gradually start to experience a loss of height. This shrinkage may not be apparant immediately but the rate at which we lose height gets faster as we get older. It's inevitable and will happen to everyone but there are things that you can do reduce the loss and the earlier you realize that, the more control you have over it. So even if your reading this as a young person, ensure that you take on board everything that this article discusses.

As you get older, retaining your height is important, as it will help to make you appear younger and healthier. You will also feel healthier and experience less aches and pains.

 

How much height will we lose over our lifetime?

On average, we lose 1 inch between the ages of 30 and 70 and a further 1 inch from 70 to 80. A healthy liftestyle can reduce this shrinkage significantly.

we lose 1 inch between ages 30 to 70 and a further 1 inch from 70 to 80

What cause shrinkage with age?

The main three factors are:

  • bad posture
  • compression of spinal discs
  • osteoperosis
  • worn out cartilage

All three of these are in our control. Yes you can reduce spinal disc compression, as I discuss below.

What can you do to minimize height shrinkage?

As I said, everyone will experience a loss of height, but you can dramatically reduce how much you will lose by living the right lifestyle.

  1. Ensure that you consume adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin d. Calcium is essential for bone growth, whilst vitamin d help with it's absorption. Prefereably you shouldn't be getting your minerals from supplements as there is nothing better than a natural source, for example, almonds, milk and kale.
  2. Exercise. You can potentially reduce your height shrinkage by a half simply by carrying out physical activity regularly. 
  3. Don't smoke at all or drink too heavily. Research has proven that smoking seriously damages your bones. Furthermore, heavy drinking causes bone weakness.
  4. Consider glucosamine supplementation. Glucosamine stimulates cartilage production as well as preventing it's degradation.

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Adam's picture
Good to know all this now, before I'm too old to do anything about it.

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