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How Fast Do We Age?

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My father was in his early 40’s when I joined the Air Force at age 17 and was sent to Tripoli, Libya for an 18-month tour. When I returned and saw my father again, I was shocked “how fast he had aged.” What I didn’t realize at the time was that my father was probably thinking the same about me.

 Legendary wellness and longevity expert Dr. Walter M. Bortz, II wrote an excellent article in the Winter 2014 issue of ActiveOver50 magazine on this topic entitled “How Fast Do We Age?” Accordingly to Dr. Bortz, the average “fit” person loses 0.5 percent per year from age 20 to 70. That means your strength, agility, eyesight, hearing—everything declines every year which is the normal process of aging.

However, the average “unfit” person may lose 5 to 10 percent per year. Huge difference which is a major reason why it pays to exercise and keep moving as long as you can. Many of us wrongly believe that aging and longevity are directly connected to your DNA. In other words, if your parents/grandparents lived a long, healthy life, then you will, too.  Not necessarily so. The truth is that your genes account only 20% to 25% toward longevity.

The single, best thing to slow down the aging process is exercise. Other things help, including healthy eating, lifestyle, positive attitude and being engaged in life.

No matter what we do, we’re getting older every day. That’s normal. But you can slow down the aging process. For more information on “How Fast Do We Age?” by Dr. Walter M. Bortz, check out his article at

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