Surprising Ways Your Body Changes After 50

2. Yes, you really will shrink

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If you thought shrinking only happens once you hit your 70s or 80s, we have bad news. The Huffington Post reports Harvard research says you’ll start losing about half an inch of height each decade after 40. And you can thank your spine for that.

Essentially, the disks that separate each vertebra get thinner as you age, resulting in a shorter spinal column. And if you’re experiencing this spinal degeneration as well as muscle loss, you may end up with a hunched-over look.

Next: You may notice your nails looking more brittle than usual.

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