7 Surprising Benefits Of Aging

    Senior mother and her adult daughter smiling in front of a white birthday cake with candlesWine isn’t the only thing that gets better with age. Did you know that, in some ways, your body actually gets better with age? The changes aren’t dramatic and they certainly won’t turn back the hands of time, but it’s the small things in life that makes it great!

    Here are some benefits you can look forward to as the number of candles on your birthday cake grows.

    1. Fewer Colds and Other Viruses

    You’re less likely to get sick with colds and other minor viral infections after midlife. The reason: Each time your body is exposed to a virus, it develops antibodies that make you immune to that virus in the future. This means that more you age, the more likely it is that you’ll be immune to many—but not all—cold viruses.

    2. Milder Allergies

    Plagued by allergies? They’ll be less bothersome as you get older. After age 50, the body reacts with less intensity to hay fever and other seasonal allergies, perhaps because older bodies produce less of the allergic antibody.

    3. Decreased Tooth Sensitivity

    If you’ve always had painfully sensitive teeth, they’ll become less so as you age. That’s because the surface between the enamel and nerves lays down more dentin (the tooth’s inner hard tissue) as teeth age, resulting in extra insulation and a diminished pain response. This may make dental procedures less painful, too.

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