How We Age by Gender
Have you ever wondered if people age differently based on whether they are male or female?
Some say that it’s less noticeable in women because they begin taking care of themselves at an earlier age. Meanwhile, there are others who believe that men show fewer signs of aging over time.
In today’s article, we’ll tell you how you will move into your older years according to your gender.
How you age, according to gender
Everyone knows that the years will go by regardless of whether you’re male or female. However, getting older is different for both groups.
In the case of men, they’ve been told since they were young that they need to remain active to provide for their family and also to maintain their stamina.
That’s why many men might feel and look well while they’re still working, but once they retire, some become sick and start to age all at once.
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Women vs. Men
For women, the situation is completely different. They live longer, they know how to adapt better to life’s changes, and many don’t mind staying home once they retire.
Why? Because although they have worked all their lives, when they were younger they were taught to perform the function of housewife, mother, or caregiver.
This can allow them to retire from a work environment and stay in good health until a more advanced age.
Another thing to keep in mind is that women are typically more active and accustomed to socializing. Women often have friends from childhood, or when they’re alone (as widows or when the children leave the home) they meet up with others in the same situation.
The way that they are educated has given them better survival mechanisms to seek solutions to their problems, from the most basic to the most complicated.
If you combine this with the fact that women typically take better care of themselves, go to the doctor more frequently, and prepare healthier foods it can explain why they live longer or feel better during old age.
On the other hand, many men typically don’t take care of themselves as well.
They only consult with a doctor once the pain is unbearable or incapacitating, and they resist making healthy dietary choices or talking about their illnesses or other problems.
This is related to the societal concept of masculinity and courage.
How men and women biologically age
As for physical aspects, women produce a hormone that staves off the most common danger, as they must take care of their children.
This also leads to more preventative behavior in relation to their health.
Pregnancy is a determining factor in the female aging process. The quality of your pregnancies and births can change your life in the future.
If during a pregnancy, for example, you don’t maintain a healthy diet or have proper medical care (especially in developing countries), you’ll notice this in old age.
You can also relate the way you age to your ethnic group or the place where you were born or live.
A Caucasian man or woman who spends their entire life in a developed country will age differently and potentially live longer than an indigenous person from Mexico, for example.
Aside from ethnicity, the type and quantity of work you do can have a major impact of your later years in life.
The working class of Latin America and Asia performs much more arduous activities for long hours a day, and that is true for both men and women.
Both groups must work hard to provide food and shelter.
When they reach old age, diseases and other health problems are more common while medical care may not be as available.
How we age in looks
Both genders undergo distinctive changes in their physical characteristics, and that happens worldwide.
Although social and aesthetic factors have a lot to do with the way you age, you also have to remember other factors such as:
- The type of work you do
- Prevention of disease
- Hormonal changes.
Women will undergo more changes than men after menopause. When a woman’s menstrual cycle is ceasing, hot flashes can appear even in the middle of winter, her libido is reduced, and more.
Men also go through certain hormonal adjustments, but they’re more gradual and therefore less evident.
When testosterone levels begin to decrease, they can gain weight, suffer from sleep disorders or erectile dysfunction, but they don’t lose their ability to reproduce.
As for the skin, men have thicker skin that wrinkles less (or later on).
Aside from the biological condition of their skin, women are also under the demand of the image of beauty that’s imposed by society.
This can lead them to take better care of their appearance, but also to worry more.
Finally, when it comes to hair, women have a small advantage. Although the strands become thinner or may have a dull appearance, men’s hair will fall out more easily. Similarly, gray hair appears earlier in men.