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Body shrinkage - the long and the short of it

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I'm shrinking. I bet you are too.

As we get older, we tend to lose bone, cartilage, and muscle mass.

These losses in the spinal area cause us to shrink in height.

After age 40, an average person loses about one centimetre of height per decade.

This height shrinking does not matter much, but the loss of supporting mass that leads to it often causes problems with the back and neck.

Also, the loss of mass tends to make us weaker and more prone to injury.

I feel proud that I have maintained the same weight for decades, but I know that some of my weight has shifted........

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