The coronavirus pandemic brought along a tidal wave of symptoms disguised as aging due to unprecedented amounts of stress, such as shock hair loss, a phenomenon that can cause up to 50% of your hair to prematurely shed.
With no symptoms or warning signs, shock hair loss comes out of nowhere but it doesn’t mean you’ll be bald (It takes about six months for hair to grow back, according to doctors).
Poor sleeping patterns popped up last March with people reporting vivid dreams and nightmares, another side effect of stress. Dentists said they’ve seen a spike in cracked or damaged teeth due to increased jaw clenching and grinding. The culprit, again, stress.
While the coronavirus pandemic isn’t directly linked to faster aging to the following findings, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that 2020 was a year that flew by for most — and perhaps that’s why many Americans feel physically older than their actual age, according to new research.
Sixty-four percent of Americans aged 25-45 reported they feel physically outdated compared to their numerical age, despite 73% feeling younger mentally than they really are, new research by OnePoll on behalf of Kori Pure Antarctic Krill Oil, a Omega-3 supplement, said.
Age is just a number….or a feeling
The study, which was conducted in December, wanted to know why respondents might start feeling older than their real age. One of the biggest challenges adults face with age is being responsible for their physical health (aka adulting), which was the top response (40%).
Four in 10 respondents said they have aches and pains with no identifiable source, with a total of seven on average. The most common areas of aches and pains were neck (54%), joints (51%), back (50%), head (40%), and legs (38%).
Thirty-four percent of respondents said parenting has aged them, while 33% blame their work for making them feel older.
In terms of what Americans are worried about health-wise, immune health (87%) and eye (87%) were some areas that made respondents think twice. Nine out of ten respondents said they are concerned about heart health.
“The survey data reveals that nutrition gaps are more than common among adults in this age group, but that’s not necessarily a surprise. For example, it’s understandable that busy adults don’t necessarily have time to cook the recommended servings of fish per week, even though it is an excellent source of Omega-3s that support heart and immune health,” said Dr. Taz Bhatia, a Integrative Medicine Physician, in a statement.
“If you can’t add more of these foods to your diet, one of the best ways to mitigate these nutrient gaps is with high quality supplements,” she added. “Look at how the supplements are sourced, the quality and quantity of the ingredients and any third-party testing.”
Biggest challenges of becoming an adult
1. Being responsible for my physical health (40%)
2. Cooking balanced meals on a regular basis (36%)
3. Budgeting (36%)
4. Keeping my home clean (34%)
5. Buying nutritious food while grocery shopping (34%)