Home > Lifestyle > Ageing well > Anti ageing Updated 28 March 2014 10 fascinating facts on ageing Here are ten fascinating facts about ageing and the human body. Check how many of them you knew. 0 Related The process of ageing Anti-ageing on a plate How your body will age Sign up for the newsletter » Quiz How long will you live? » Ask DietDoc » Ask CyberDoc » Celebrity ageing Plastic surgery trend on arms Doesn't the years just fly by?! It seems as if you were a youngster just the other day but you're celebrating another birthday and those wrinkles are settling in. You may want to brush up on what you know about your ageing body - here are ten fascinating facts about ageing and the human body courtesy of Body Worlds.At birth, we are generally born with 350 bones in our skeleton, as we grow and age, bones fuse together resulting in us only having 206 bones as adults.Babies only have about 250 mls or one cup of blood circulating through their bodies. An adult human has about four litres which the heart pumps to all the tissues and to and from the lungs in about one minute while beating 75 times.We shed on average 600,000 particles of skin every hour. As we age, that accumulates to to approximately 1.5 pounds each year. The average person will therefore have lost around 105 pounds of skin by 70 years of age.Interestingly, the brain and nerve cells are the only cells in the body that cannot regenerate. Once brain cells are damaged they are not replaced.Because of this fact, we are born with all our brain cells and the human head is one-quarter of our total length at birth but only one-eighth of our total length by the time we reach adulthood.As we age our breathing rate slows down and its interesting to note that children and women breathe faster than men do. A person at rest usually breathes between 12 and 15 times a minute. By 60 years of age, we start to have difficulty breathing and 60-percent of men and 40-percent of women will begin to snore when sleeping. Snores average around 60 decibels, the noise level of normal speech but often reach more than 80 decibels. Eighty decibels is as loud as the sound of a pneumatic drill breaking up concrete. Noise levels over 85 decibels can damage the human ear.As adults, we eat on average 500kg of food per year, and we produce 1.7 litres of saliva each day to help us process this food. Every day 11.5 litres of digested food, liquids and digestive juices flow through the digestive system, but only 100ml is lost in faeces.To digest all of that, the body produces a new stomach lining every three to four days to ensure that the strong acids used by the stomach to digest food, doesn’t also digest the stomach. Adjust your eating plan as you ageWith increasing age, nutritional requirements tend to change as well.Diets designed for older people should contain more high quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and dietary fibre per kilojoule of energy than ever before. There is no room for ‘empty kilojoules’ in your diet as you age.Each food that is included in the diet of older people must be rich in protective nutrients to ensure maximum nutrient intake. Read: Nutrition for the elderly(Press release from Body Worlds, Updated by Health24 - March 2014) Read more:How your body will ageBetter mid-life diet linked to healthy ageingAge and your skin More in Lifestyle Tips on how to live forever More: Ageing wellAnti ageing advertisement Get a quote Fedhealth - What cover is right for you? Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Is your baby dehydrated? How to tell. Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready Live healthier Your health » How well do you know the body? Your healthy liver lifestyle Are you healthy? Tell us about your health and you could win R5000. Up for grabs » Tell us about your health Stay warm when the lights go out Win R1000 in cash! Win an energy-saving Spindel Enter our competition and stand a chance of winning an energy saving Spindel valued at R2200!