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What is the prime age if human appearance, health, intelligence, and fitness? Where does "negative aging" begin?

Commented on September 07, 2013
Created February 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

I often find myself wondering about the point where "negative aging" starts- that is, the point where every birthday ceases to mean new developments and gains, and instead ushers in decline.

It's obvious that 20 is a more physiologically desirable age to be than 15- a 20 year old will be more advanced physically and mentally, without seeing any declines in health.

It's also obvious that 60 is a less physiologically desirable age to be than 20- there have been clear declines in almost all facets of life.

Take the following standards- health, fitness, energy, appearance, immunity, metabolism, cognitive agility, and regenerative ability

At what age have you started the detrimental aging process in at least one facet? When does the turning point begin?

I've always imaged it to be around 21, with very slow decline between 25 with a few facets improving, and than 25 being the start of universal decline where everything begins to go downhill.

Does this sound right? Do you think a 23 year old has 100% of the health and fitness as their 20 year old self? Or have they perhaps developed even beyond their 20 year old self?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

you know, i agree. people always say hat late teens/early 20s are the prime year for regenerative abilities, metabolism and immunity. but thats obviously not true. think about it- are you really in as good shape now as you were at 8? at 8, you could run around forever with no problems, eat whatever you want no problems, healed very quickly, had no signs of aging, etc. it wouldnt be correct to say the metabolism slows at 25...a 10 year old can eat far more junk food and candy relative to his body weight than an 18 year old can, so there is obviously some degree of decline between those years

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I swear these questions about when decline begins have to be from some smart-aleck troll.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:15 AM

Why isn't a real question?? Why is he a troll?

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on February 19, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Who keeps upvoting these trolls? They upvote one another, then go on downvoting sprees. Where are the mods?

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on February 19, 2013
at 07:42 PM

Lol Matt .

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on February 19, 2013
at 06:29 PM

ahhh to be in high school again where i played 3 sports and still ate big macs and mac and cheese all the time with no repercussions.....

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on February 19, 2013
at 06:17 PM

I was a chubby kid, so now- my late 30s- is my pinnacle. I hope Art DeVany is right. He thinks adults don't really go downhill much if they aren't on the SAD and medications. He points out animals who die of old age in the wild stay pretty healthy right up until about two weeks before death. I can definitely improve some stats further by working out.

That said, yes I know, if I had known about paleo since childhood I probably would have had an awesome decade in my 20s. Of course, if my parents had known about paleo they wouldn't have fed me soy milk and other abominations they mistakenly thought were healthy, and eight would have been a pretty awesome year.

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on February 19, 2013
at 05:59 PM

Ever since I turned 8 it's been nothing but downhill.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

you know, i agree. people always say hat late teens/early 20s are the prime year for regenerative abilities, metabolism and immunity. but thats obviously not true. think about it- are you really in as good shape now as you were at 8? at 8, you could run around forever with no problems, eat whatever you want no problems, healed very quickly, had no signs of aging, etc. it wouldnt be correct to say the metabolism slows at 25...a 10 year old can eat far more junk food and candy relative to his body weight than an 18 year old can, so there is obviously some degree of decline between those years

6dc767a3b94cb0133601caf6c39ea218

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on February 19, 2013
at 06:29 PM

ahhh to be in high school again where i played 3 sports and still ate big macs and mac and cheese all the time with no repercussions.....

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