This is when most British people get grey hair, dodgy knees and back problems

Sarah Spickernell
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By the time we're 40, most of us have grey in our hair
By the time we're 40, most of us have grey hair (Source: Getty)

Some people embrace their grey hair as a sign of wisdom, others do everything they can to cover it up. But whichever category you fall into, you can expect to see the first silver strands when you're 39.

This is according to a survey carried out by the South West News Service, which worked out the average age at which various signs of ageing appeared among adults across the UK.

While a couple of signs first arise in people’s 20s, there's no escaping the trend – most types of physical change take place in their 30s.


Headaches and migraines - 24

Weak ankles - 32

Back ache - 33

Weak knees - 37

Grey hair - 39

Joint pain/arthritis - 40

Hot sweats - 50

And the pattern is reflected in the way we feel – most of the people questioned said they felt healthier in their 20s than in their 30s, with poor diet, lack of exercise and excessive consumption of alcohol being the main culprits of a decline in health.

"The research shows by the time we reach our thirties, everyday ailments like joint pain, headaches and digestive problems are more common place,” one of the researchers said.

Even those who have kept up a fitness regime throughout their twenties are often set back by problematic ankles, knees and backs.

Although their lifestyles might not always show it, Britons are concerned about the state of their health. The survey revealed that the main issues on their minds are the health of their hearts, memory problems and high stress levels.

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