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Apparently, we some of us can age up to three times as fast as others. Before you run screaming to the bathroom to grab your anti-ageing cream, the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found there were several factors responsible for this.
The US researchers studied a group of 30 year olds and found that their biological ages range from as young as 28 up to 61. Wow.
The researchers used markers such as blood pressure, lung function, cholesterol, body mass index and DNA integrity to obtain a measurement of a persons biological age.
Random people were then asked to look at photos of the study participants and give an estimate of their age. The results found that people who aged faster mentally were also far more likely to look older in appearance – both to themselves and to other people.
Those who were perceived to have aged significantly were people who were “were less physically able, showed cognitive decline and brain ageing, self-reported worse health, and looked older”. (Post continues after gallery.)
And you might want to hold off before you go cursing your genes for appearing older; the scientists found that only 20 per cent of our rate of ageing can be attributed to our genetics.
One of the study’s authors, Professor Terrie Moffitt from Duke University explaind that the findings give “us hope that medicine might be able to slow ageing and give people more healthy and active years.”
Yes, your diet, exercise regime and health habits are responsible for 80 per cent of your body’s ageing. Here’s what they do…
Diet is a huge contributor to the ageing process with people who enjoyed a high fat, high salt diet much more likely to display signs of ageing in relation to skin tone and elasticity as well as in areas such as weight and muscle tone.