Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Why Looking Younger Than Your Mates May Make You Live Longer .
The other day I got into a bus going to church, walked to the back of the bus and sat down. Was about to drift into my own thoughts when I started having a strange feeling I couldn't place, there was something not quite right about the bus!
I tried to place my finger on it - looked to the left, right and front at the other passengers talking animatedly; listening in on their conversations I felt a little more uncomfortable.
Suddenly, I couldn't take it any more, 'Is this bus going to church?' I asked desperately
'No, we're going to school', the teenage girl beside me replied.
I scrambled out of the bus - I had blended in with a group of teenagers going to school on a similar bus to the one I was to take to church!
According to a study conducted at Duke University's School of Medicine and centre for Ageing, the younger you look on the outside is a reflection of the state of ageing of your organs(biological ageing) - the older your biological age, the older you look.
For most adults, ageing on the inside proceeds at same rate with that on the outside, but your genes and where you stay may make you develop signs of ageing faster.
The study was done on 1000 people monitored from their birth in the early 70s till they were 38 years old. At 38 they had tests for kidney, liver function, blood pressure etc. It was discovered that at 38, some of them had a biological ageing of 58 year olds! While some (the youthful ones) had stopped getting older just as if their biological age was paused.
In essence those that had a biological age of 58 were looking much older than their peers and this was reflected in their organs.
So it might no longer be a compliment when people say you look older than your peers.
Are you team younger looking (like me) or team older looking?
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