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Updated Tuesday, July 12, 2022 –

We are obsessed with combating the external footprint of the passage of time without realizing what is coming to us from within, or valuing, in its proper measure, the importance of adopting healthy habits that allow us to enjoy a longevity that, according to science, It will lead us to live beyond 100 years.

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Let’s imagine, for a moment, that we are unaware that the smiling gentleman in the photograph that illustrates this article is the leader of one of the most mythical gangs (the most?) in History. Let’s imagine, for a moment, that we don’t know that his name is Mick Jagger and that all we’ve been told is that turns 79 on July 26. What would we think when we contemplate her face, furrowed by deep (and natural at his age) wrinkles at its four cardinal points? Let’s imagine, what conclusions would we draw if that face ‘dries up’, instead of a man, belonged to a woman?

And, put to ask, let’s try to be honest in the answers. Surely, we would say that, despite that sparkling look of a mischievous youngster, of that telenovela heartthrob and that jovial appearance, the smiling gentleman in the photograph not bad for his age but, perhaps, a bit cracked. And, if it were a female, we would surely bring out those hateful refrains of: “From an age, you have to choose between face or ass” either “As you get older, you either get tired or you get tired”.

Obviously, the story changes radically if we discover that, at the gates of being released in the 80s, the heartthrob of the image he spends two long hours singing and moving with the speed of a lizard and the endurance of an elite athlete on stage on scorching summer nights when the temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees.

Where do I want to go with this fanciful argument? Because, in a society increasingly obsessed with that impossible that is to stop the passage of timethe continent, seems to continue to have more importance than the content and, in that search for healthy longevity that we crave so much, sometimes, we forget that what is really essential is not to look (and maybe that too) young, but to be (as far as possible). Moreover, the former is usually a direct consequence of the latter.

That, sometimes, we look more at the external imprint of the passing of the years without thinking about how it is affecting us inside. And that it will be of little use to apply creams with devotion or submit to aesthetic treatments to show off thirtysomething skin at 70 if we do not have a healthy lifestyle that allows us to reach that age healthy, strong and, above all, with mobility and anatomical functionality that allows us to enjoy a non-dependent old age.

It is enough to read carefully the reflection that Clara Fernández, CEO of Rosita Longevity, He made us in an interview recently published in ZEN to understand the magnitude of the matter: “In a scenario of life expectancy of 70 years, although 80% of those over 60 suffer from osteoarthritis, its impact is slight. But if the framework is to live 100 or 120 years, that 80% of the population over 60 suffer from it for decades will be a real world drama“.

And whoever talks about osteoarthritis, does so about other pathologies that, inevitably, will knock on our door as we age if we don’t take care of ourselves from the inside even if, on the outside, our skin is as smooth and stretched as in our younger years.

In this scenario of eagerness to achieve those dreams of healthy longevity, it would be better for all of us to tattoo on our skin the recommendations of the World Health Organization to enjoy a state in a reasonable way (approved scratch), reformulated in November 2020:

Adults aged 18 to 64…

  • they should do moderate aerobic physical activities for at least 150 to 300 minutes; either vigorous aerobic physical activities for at least 75 to 150 minutes; or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activities throughout the week;
  • should also do muscle strengthening activities moderate or more intense exercises that work all major muscle groups for two or more days a weeksince such activities provide additional health benefits;
  • can prolong moderate aerobic physical activity beyond 300 minutes; o perform vigorous aerobic physical activity for more than 150 minutes; or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activities throughout the week for additional health benefits;
  • they should limit time spent in sedentary activities. Replacing time spent in sedentary activities with physical activities of any intensity (including low intensity) is beneficial for health, and to help reduce the detrimental effects of more sedentary behaviors on health, all adults and adults Older people should try to increase their moderate to vigorous physical activity above the recommended level.

Adults 65 and older…

  • the same recommendations apply as for adults; and, as part of their weekly physical activity, they should do physical activities varied and with various componentsemphasizing functional balance and moderate or higher intensity muscular strength training, three or more days a weekto improve functional capacity and prevent falls.
  • perform moderate aerobic physical activities for at least 150 minutes throughout the week;
  • incorporate a variety of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities;
  • limit time spent in sedentary activities. Replacing time spent in sedentary activities with physical activities of any intensity (including low intensity) is beneficial for health.

It is clear that growing old is not easy; that each one assumes it as he wants (or can); that taking care of yourself on the outside is wonderful and that it makes us feel very good inside but that we should never forget that our best investment for the future is in health.


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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.

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