Are you old before your time?

23 April 2013

All the stress of modern day life could be making you age worse than your parents, according to new research.

A study has shown that while the world's population is living longer, people are amassing a stock of medical problems worse than those experienced by generations past.

Today, 40-year-olds are prone to excess weight, high blood pressure and diabetes, at a level similar to those currently in their mid-50s.

This means younger generations are approximately 15 years ahead of their older counterparts in terms of body and health deterioration.

Experts believe this may lead to a slowing of the increase of life expectancy or even a possible reversal.

The authors of the study explained: "The more recently born generations are doing worse than their predecessors. The prevalence of metabolic risk factors and the lifelong exposure to them have increased and probably will continue to increase."

These effects aren't just internal either and could be making an impact on the way we look, particularly when it comes to obesity. Prolonged illness can also make the face look haggard.

So how can we bring our insides and our outsides back in line with our actual ages?

Liposuction fat removal is one way to tackle small amounts of excess weight, enabling you to create the body you want. However, if you have more than a few pounds to shift, looking at your eating and exercise regime first is integral.

Ensure your diet is filled with the right foods, served at the correct portion size. Exercise should also be a part of your day, helping to boost not just your metabolism but your cardiac health also.

Once you have lost the weight, a tummy tuck can help to rid your body of any excess skin that often occurs after any dramatic body shape change.

Ultimately, it comes down to scrutinising your diet and daily regime, identifying things like smoking or lack of exercise that could be increasing your risk for ill health.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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