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When do the human organs start the aging process?
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15:19, December 24, 2008

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"From the moment of birth, human beings begin to experience continuous aging. However, before the age of 25, the body can recover from temperorary consenescence by itself; after 40 years old, the body begins its real journey of aging." Claude Chauchard, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, told reporters in an interview with the Life Times.

Tao Liqun, Director of the Aging Society Medical Research Section of the China Research Center on Aging believes that although all human organs are growing old at the same time, some organs show aging symptoms earlier while others show symptoms later; some symptoms are slight while others are severe. Then, which of the aging organs affects one's health most and merit our greatest attention?

1. Brain

Starting at 20 years old, brain neurons start to decrease and after 40, they decrease at a speed of 10,000 per day, thus affecting human memory, coordination and brain functions.

Wang Guowei, Vice President of Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine recommended that keeping our mind occupied is the best way to impede brain cells from attenuaing. For example, more reading and exercises will help. Exercises had better combine motion with stillness, and focus on slow movements. One can integrate moderate exercises such as Taichi, breathing, exhalation with inhalation involving vigorous sports such as jogging and ball games. Exercises in the morning or afternoon are recommended.

2. Breasts:

Starting at 35 years old, female body reflects imbalances of estrogen and progestogen levels, so the breasts enter the aging stage and women experience mastoptosis,the breast less plump than before. After the age of 40, the areola mammae shrink drastically. Due to imbalanced hormone levels, breast diseases may follow.

Dr. Chanel Huang of the American Preventive Medical Association recommended that maintaining a balanced hormone level is vital to slowing the apolexis of the breasts. First of all, women should eat three to four kinds of fruits and vegetables every day. Secondly, they should do moderate exercises. Thirdly, they should develop an individualized way to get rid of negative feelings. For example, develop wholesome interests, talk with the best friends regularly and have the breast examined periodically, and receive timely treatment if any problems pop up.

3. Eyes:

Eyes are one of the organs that mature at a relatively early age. Generally speaking, optical problems such as presbyopia and unclear vision arise at 50. However, since today's young people overuse their eyes, some of them suffer those problems at the turning of 30. As eyes mature, optical diseases, like catatacts also appear, leading to blindness.

Tao Liqun's suggestion: No matter how much work you have, take a nap after working for a period of time, use eye drops and look off into the distance.

4. Heart:

Starting at 40, the heart starts to be inefficient in pumping blood throughout the body; males aged above 45 and females above 55 are running a higher risk of contracting heart diseases.

Experts' suggestion: To keep the heart young, we have to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat less high-fat or high-calorie food and keep doing sports and have regular physical examinations.

5. Bones:

Bone structure is a major concern for people over 50. Both osteoporosis and bone spurs can bring about a lot of troubles to a person's life.

Experts' suggestion: Taking calcium supplements and basking in the sun help alleviate these problems.

6. Teeth:

If your teeth feel uncomfortable when you are eating food or rinsing your mouth with cold water, or you often suffer from bleeding of the gums, these symptoms warn you that your teeth are aging. Aging teeth are more easily susceptible to disease, and periodontal diseases can even cause other illnesses such as diabetes.

7. Liver and kidney

The liver and kidney are internal organs used for detoxification, thus they are more prone to suffering malfunction. The kidney is the "root of the yin and yang in our bodies," so nourishing them is the key to anti-aging.

Suggestion of Wang Guowei: Winter is the best season to nourish the kidney. We can go to bed earlier and get up later during autumn and winter and take a nap at noon and midnight . In addition, we should eat more yams, beef, mutton and nuts.

By People's Daily Online



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