Why do some people age quicker than others?

30 Jul Why do some people age quicker than others?

A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that people born at the same time can age at different rates.

First author and assistant professor of geriatrics at Duke University said the research set out to measure aging in relatively young people, because most studies of ageing looks at seniors.

“If we want to be able to prevent age-related disease, we’re going to have to start studying ageing in young people,” he said.

The researchers collected data on the subjects’ kidney, liver and lung function, dental health, the blood vessels in the eyes, metabolism and immune system function at the ages of 26, 32 and 38.

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They measured cholesterol, fitness levels and the length of the telomeres; the ends of chromosomes, which have been found to shorten as we age.

As we have previously reported, researchers found some people age one biological year for each chronological year of life – while others age three years of biological life for every year lived. The impact of this accelerated aging could be seen both internally and externally.

Those whose bodies were ageing quicker scored badly on tests that are typically given to people over the age of 60, measuring balance, coordination and problem solving.

As part of the study, a group of university students was asked to look at photos of study subjects. Those whose bodies were biologically aging more quickly than the rest were consistently rated as appearing aesthetically older.

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What causes people to age quickly?

Research has shown that genetics account for about 20% of how we age, the rest is up to the environment, health and behaviours, including:

  • Smoking
  • Poor diet: a healthy, balanced diet rich in fresh food is integral to internal and external health
  • A lack of – or poor quality – sleep
  • Stress, or holding anger/grudges
  • A sedentary lifestyle: get active with both organised, scheduled exercise and physical activity as part of your everyday life
  • Sun exposure: especially in Australia, sun protection is vital
  • Repetitive facial expressions
  • Using skincare products that irritate your skin
  • Poor skincare regime; choose a paramedical range that is backed by science, prescribed by a skin clinician or doctor – and provides results

<a href=Artisan Cosmetic and Rejuvenation Clinic medical director Dr Linda Williams said the right skin care plan should include a holistic approach that looks at the individual’s genetic predispositions, environmental factors, lifestyle and overall health.

“For the best anti aging results, skin therapies, at-home skincare products and – depending on their preferences and overall aesthetic goals – selected laser, light and injectables treatments should be used in conjunction with an overall lifestyle that helps promote healthy, beautiful skin from the inside out,” Dr Linda said.

Book a consultation with your Artisan skin clinician for an overall assessment of your skin, aging risk factors and a holistic plan for look and feeling fantastic, at every age.

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