The one thing that medicine and a spa treatment can’t prevent, is aging. Gray hairs, achy bones, and wrinkles are all-natural changes that most people can relate to as they grow older. But can a man and a woman age differently?
While there are plenty of similarities, there are also quite a few differences in the aging process between men and women. Of course, other factors can affect how you age too such as genetics, lifestyle, diet, and environmental factors. In this article, we dive deeper to find out the main ways men and women age differently.
Hormones Affect Men and Women Differently
An individual’s hormones will inevitably change as they age. Women will experience changing levels in estrogen during and after menopause. Cleveland Clinic says the ovaries produce less of this hormone as time goes on. A drop in estrogen first leads to menopausal symptoms, then escalates into having a higher risk of health conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease.
In contrast, men will have changes in testosterone, but unlike women, this decline is more gradual. It typically decreases by just 1-percent per year which can be pretty noticeable. By age 70, a man’s testosterone is 30-percent below its peak.