Strife be­gins at 40 as our health fails

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BRI­TONS be­lieve their bod­ies start to fail dur­ing their 40s with knees, joints and eyes all show­ing signs of wear and tear, a study found.

Knees start to creak at 47, hear­ing de­te­ri­o­rates at 49 and backs ‘go’ as early as 44, ac­cord­ing to the poll of 2,000 adults. Our sense of smell be­gins to dull at 46 while al­most three-quar­ters of peo­ple suf­fer joint pain daily in their late 40s.

Wor­ry­ingly, more than a tenth said their eye­sight started to fail as early as their 20s. Al­most eight in ten have no­ticed a marked de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in their body as they have aged, with most see­ing changes be­tween 37 and 40. Around this time of life, four in ten strug­gle to kneel down while one in five have dif­fi­cul­ties get­ting up and down stairs.

Dr Sarah Brewer, of vi­ta­mins and sup­ple­ments firm Healthspan, which com­mis­sioned the re­search, said: ‘The fact that peo­ple are start­ing to no­tice their bod­ies are weak­en­ing and aren’t as strong in their late 30s is an early in­di­ca­tor that help is needed.

‘This can take the form of tar­geted ex­er­cise, di­etary changes and tak­ing nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments. Look­ing after your body from a young age can also make the age­ing process eas­ier.’ The sur­vey also found that more than a tenth of peo­ple find it dif­fi­cult to drive for long dis­tances around 40, while nearly 70 per cent con­fess to mak­ing sounds of dis­com­fort when get­ting off the sofa.

How­ever, de­spite creak­ing joints and bones, 55 per cent have not been to a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional to seek ad­vice.

Phys­io­ther­a­pist Valentina Roffi said: ‘It is im­por­tant to re­spect our bod­ies and their phys­i­o­log­i­cal needs.’

She added: ‘When you’re young you can feel in­vin­ci­ble, as though your body will last for ever – when we know this is far from true.’

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