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How Does Aging Differ For Men And Women?

Men and women are intrinsically different, from the way we think to the way we behave. As a result, the aging process can be significantly different for a man than it is for a woman. This is true on both a physical and emotional level.

What can you expect as the years go by? 

The Physical Impact Of Aging

The most obvious differences in aging between men and women occur physically or on a biological level. Men and women experience different hormone fluxuations as the years go by, which, in turn, cause different symptoms in each.

In general, women tend to live longer lives than men. Many undergo perimenopause, a hormonal fluxuation that occurs in a woman's 30s and lasts until menopause occurs. This hormonal fluxuation can lead to symptoms like mood swings, cramps, decreased fertility, hot flashes, breast tenderness, and more.

On the other hand, men don't undergo as many hormonal changes over their lifespan. They will experience a decrease in fertility in their 40s, as well as increased muscle loss. On average, men lose 2 to 5 percent of their muscle mass every decade. They also have decreased oxygen production as they age. This can lead to high blood pressure and a handful of other health problems.

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The Emotional Impact Of Aging

Aging isn't just a physical experience. It also has lasting effects on one's emotional health, particularly for women.

When a man's hair grays, society deems him “distinguished.” Studies show that many women really do prefer older-looking men. An experienced man carries the social clout that an aging woman does not. Women with gray hair aren't described as “seasoned;” rather, they are viewed as just being old.

Society pressures women to appear younger than their male counterparts. Studies have shown that men prefer to be in relationships with women who are younger than them, or at least to appear younger than them. While many women think that men get sexier with age, the feelings are not reciprocated. This is why women tend to take action once they hit their 40s and beyond in an effort to look younger.

Aside from older women being viewed as less attractive, they can also be discriminated against for employment. A woman is less likely to be valued for her knowledge and skills. Rather, her demeanor, personality and esthetic is often considered to be of importance. As a result, aging has become a particularly emotional issue for women.

Can You Still Look Sexy At 70 and Beyond?

Without a doubt, you can still look sexy in your golden years. Just look at all of the Hollywood superstars who've aged gracefully. Consider Sean Connery, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis and Meryl Streep.

If you are concerned about the aging process and would like to be proactive, reach out to Matrix Age Management in Amarillo, Texas. Our experienced professionals have developed a unique preventative program that will revitalize the way you look and feel while combating the aging process.

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