Arthritis at 40 and migraines at a mere 24:Grey hairs at 39,New timeline reveals the ages.They say you’re only as old as you feel.The bad news is, you really do start to feel more ailments the older you get.People can expect to start suffering headaches and migraines at the age of 24, back problems at 33 and get their first grey hair at 39, a study has found.Researchers have devised a timeline of the ages adults are likely to experience specific health problems.People in their 30s can expect to develop dodgy ankles at 32 and weak knees by 37, according to a survey of 2,000 people.
And despite keeping fit when they were young, one in five said they now suffer from problems due to historic sporting injuries. It’s inevitable that as we age we will get more health complaints, as youngsters you are more resilient and can shake things off far quicker,’ said a spokesman for vitamin brand Healthspan, which conducted the poll.
‘The research shows by the time we reach our thirties, everyday ailments like joint pain, headaches and digestive problems are more common place.’Even those who have kept up a fitness regime throughout their twenties are often set back by problematic ankles, knees and backs.’
WHAT AGE WE CAN EXPECT THESE AILMENTS
Headaches and migraines – 24
Weak ankles – 32
Back ache – 33
Weak knees – 37
Grey hair – 39
Joint pain/arthritis – 40
Hot sweats – 50
Two thirds of those over 30 said they could feel their health deteriorating as they got older. Yet, four in ten said they believed they were ageing better than their parents did, with 60 per cent claiming they take more responsibility for their health the older they get.People’s major concerns were the health of their heart, memory problems and high stress levels, rather than more minor aches and pains.Four in ten adults said they felt they were at their fittest while in their twenties, while a quarter said they peaked in their 30s.
More than half said they believed the cold weather affected their health more as they got older.Three in ten also said lifestyle choices they made when they were younger were showing now.The biggest contributors to current ailments were found to be a poor diet, lack of exercise, too much alcohol and a lack of sleep.Smoking and too much sun exposure were bad habits many admitted they were still doing.One in ten blamed working shifts for ill health and a quarter said a highly stressful job has contributed to some of the complaints they suffer with.
A third admitted to having packets and bottles of health supplements that have been unused for a year or more.
More than half said they forget to take them and a quarter said they were going through a ‘health kick’ when they bought them.The survey was done to launch a personalised supplement service, Uniquely You, which is designed to tailor vitamin needs to individuals.Nutritionist Rob Hobson said: ‘It’s important to remember that what applies to someone suffering from joint pain will differ to that of someone with digestive problems and the one-size fits all model no longer works.’People want to personalise their nutrition and two thirds of those polled said they want supplements that are personal to their own health concerns.’