Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Monitoring Ageing Earlier Can Help Prevent Disease

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Monitoring Ageing Earlier Can Help Prevent Disease

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A new study into the process of ageing in humans indicates that huge, quantifiable differences between individuals emerge from a much earlier age than previously thought. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said that measuring the pace of ageing in people still young enough for age-related disease to be prevented will open new doors for anti-ageing therapies.

The study tracked 954 people born within a year of each other and measured 18 different ageing-related traits as the participants lived through their 20s and 30s. It was discovered that already, before midlife, individuals who were ageing more quickly were less physically able, showed cognitive decline and brain ageing, self-reported worse health and looked older. Indeed, some of the 38-year-olds studied had the biological age of a person on the cusp of retirement. …

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