Myths About Aging

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(CBS Charlotte) — There are a plethora of negative ideas and myths that surround getting older — and interestingly enough, many of these things make aging sound like an awful part of life. Aging is inevitable and cannot be changed, however, how we view getting older can be changed.

Myths About Aging

Taking supplements will help keep you younger — Supplements have become a billion dollar industry, with Americans spending money on the next best thing that will help slow aging. But, can the aging process really be slowed? Not likely. While supplements may provide nutritional value, there are ingredients in certain supplements that haven’t been tested for safety. In short, taking supplements may be doing more harm than good.

- Aging leads to muscle loss — While so many people believe that they lose muscle with age, it’s actually the sedentary lifestyle that they adopt that leads to muscle loss. In fact, there’s a growing population of middle aged/elderly body builders that have proven that age does not lead to muscle loss. Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr., is a perfect example. At age 70, Sonny’s body could easily pass for a man in his early 30’s.

- Losing weight is harder with age — While it is true that your metabolism may slow down as you get older, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s harder to lose weight — unless of course you are consuming a high-fat diet. To lose weight at any age, stick to a low-fat diet and incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

- Hair loss comes from your mother’s side of the family — While it’s true that whether or not you will lose your hair does come down to genetics, the fact of the matter is, the gene that causes baldness can come from either side of the family.

- Wrinkle cream reverses the aging process — To date, there is no product on the market that has been proven to erase the visible signs of aging on the skin. Wrinkle cream hydrates the skin, which makes wrinkles look less visible, but they are most certainly still present and do not disappear.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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