Early Intervention Delays AgingMay 2016
By Chase Falcon
Humans behave in a rather bizarre manner when it comes to their health.
In youth, they often engage in reckless behaviors.
In later life, if they survive a heart attack, stroke, or malignancy, they may turn around their lifestyle and become health fanatics.
Years ago, Life Extension® reported on research showing that elevated vascular risk factors in youth predispose people to higher rates of heart attack and stroke as they age.1
These findings have been confirmed by a Duke University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
This study showed that poor lifestyle choices in youth markedly accelerate pathological aging processes. None of this should surprise knowledgeable health-conscious individuals.
The take-home lesson is that younger individuals can take easy steps today to delay or avoid the most prevalent age-related ailments.
Measuring Human Aging
In the Duke University study,2 18 different health biomarkers were measured and tracked in a group of 954 younger people. Several additional tests were performed to assess each study subject’s rate of biological aging.
This study’s results reveal that lifestyle choices can affect the rate of aging and that the course of aging can be altered starting at a young age. In other words, humans exert a tremendous amount of control even early in life over the rate at which they physically degenerate.
In measuring biomarkers such as hemoglobin A1C, cholesterol, and blood pressure, the researchers found detectable “deteriorations across multiple organ systems” before the age of 38.
To further measure the rate of aging, organ systems such as pulmonary, periodontal, cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, and immune function were evaluated.
The study found that those whose blood biomarkers detected accelerated aging were “less physically able, showed cognitive decline and brain aging, self-reported worse health, and looked older.”
This data demonstrated a reliable and consistent correlation between the subject’s blood biomarkers and the degree of change in their biological age. Everything from decreases in bodily performance to more apparent physical features of aging was detected in those who experienced unfavorable changes in blood composition.
Unique Opportunity to Delay Aging
Young people overlook the accelerating impact poor lifestyle choices exert on their aging process. This new data from Duke University should motivate individuals of all ages to take care of their health before degenerative illness manifests. The researchers who conducted this study state:
“Anti-aging therapies show promise in model organism research. Translation to humans is needed to address the challenges of an aging global population.”
As people age over 40, they not only begin to show outward senile appearances, but internally suffer a marked acceleration of pathological damage.
We now have solid evidence from Duke University that comprehensive blood testing can reveal if a person should alter their lifestyle, nutrient, and/or medication use. Using blood tests as a guide, one can initiate steps at any age to delay premature aging and correct factors that are accelerating one’s physical decline.
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- Pletcher MJ, Bibbins-Domingo K, Liu K, et al. Nonoptimal lipids commonly present in young adults and coronary calcium later in life: the CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) study. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(3):137-46.
- Belsky DW, Caspi A, Houts R, et al. Quantification of biological aging in young adults. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015;112(30):E4104-10.