You have hair loss—and not just on your head
Seeing a little (or a lot) of scalp peeking through your hairline is a well-known sign of aging but surprisingly, it isn’t limited to your head, says Bindiya Gandhi, MD, an integrative and functional medicine specialist in Decatur, GA. If you’re younger and you notice things getting a little sparse on your arms, legs or *ahem* other places, it can indicate your body is aging faster than you think. Gray hair is also a sign of premature aging. You may ask yourself, what causes gray hair? Well, here are the 7 sneaky reasons you’re going gray too soon.
You can’t lift the 30-pound bag of dog food into your cart
Muscle strength is directly correlated to how you age, since you actually lose muscle mass the older you get, making you progressively weaker, says Barry Sears, PhD, author of the Zone Diet book series and president of the non-profit Inflammation Research Foundation in Peabody, MA. This isn’t destiny, however. You can increase your strength and build back some muscle mass by lifting weights or doing some other strength training exercises. Here are 12 signs your brain is aging faster than you are.
Bruises show up more frequently
One important and oft-overlooked sign of premature aging is that you find yourself bruising more easily and healing from bruising more slowly than you used to, says Adam Friedman, MD, Professor and Interim Chair of Dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Science in Washington, DC. ” A sign of photoaging on sun-exposed areas is easy bruising, called solar purpura, which results from chronic damage to the support structures around the small blood vessels in the skin,” he says. “Even the simplest of trauma cause them to rupture and the thin fragile skin from chronic sun damage doesn’t confer much protection to the vessels.” As a result, bruises are much easier to make.