There’s no escaping the fact that your body will change as you get older. From your sex life to the appearance of your skin, age can affect you in a variety of ways. Here, we take a look at three important areas of change, and offer advice to help you combat some of the ill-effects associated with growing older.

1) Sex can become more difficult

It’s a myth that sex is a young person’s sport. In fact, age is no barrier to enjoying active physical relationships. Highlighting this fact, a survey conducted by Saga revealed that 65 per cent of the over-50s are sexually active, and 85 per cent believe sex is less pressurised than when they were younger, meaning it can actually feel better. However, there are certain physical problems that can make physical intimacy more difficult as we age.

For example, while between seven and eight per cent of men aged 20-40 experience erectile dysfunction (ED), this figure increases to 40 per cent in the over 60s, and in those aged 70 and above, it rises to over 50 per cent. ED can be triggered by potentially serious underlying medical complaints like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, so if you are suffering from this condition, it’s important to speak to your doctor. You might also benefit from taking targeted ED medicines like Viagra, and you can get more information about your options from your doctor or by visiting specialist websites such as

Women can also be more prone to sexual difficulties as they get older. The menopause triggers a drop in oestrogen levels, and this can cause pain during intercourse and a reduction in arousal. Research has found that more than eight in 10 menopausal women find sex uncomfortable. You don’t have to simply put up with these problems though. Treatments such as hormone replacement therapy can help, and even something as simple as using a lubricant can make sex enjoyable again.

2) Your risk of obesity and heart disease rises

As the years pass, you might find yourself gradually doing less and less exercise. If you lead an inactive lifestyle, rest assured you’re not alone. Many people aged 65 and over spend an average of ten hours or more each day lying or sitting down, meaning they are the least active age group. Being sedentary can lead to a range of problems. For example, it raises the risk of obesity and heart disease.

To help you control these dangers, it’s important to make an effort to stay as active as possible. You should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, and ideally this should be broken up so you do some activity each day. Attending aerobics classes, swimming, cycling and playing and sports like tennis can help you stay fit and healthy. Even walking to the shops or doing some gardening can keep your activity levels up.

3) The collagen in your skin degrades

One telltale sign of the passage of time is the development of more wrinkles on your skin. This happens because the collagen present in your skin naturally degrades as the years pass. However, there are ways to protect your skin and slow down this ageing process. For example, avoid over-exposure to the sun. Limiting your intake of alcohol and drinking plenty of water can help too.

You can’t stop your body from changing as you age, but tips like these can help you to avoid a host of health problems.

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