Reason behind old age look of youngsters, revealed study

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Reason behind old age look of youngsters, revealed study

Posted: 07/11/2015 05:58 PM IST
Reason behind old age look of youngsters, revealed study

According to a study, the researchers revealed that changing lifestyles are the main reason for younger people growing old at a faster speed. While measuring the ageing process in young adults, the research team from US, Britain, Israel and New Zealand found that some youngsters are ageing three times faster than others.

The study team focused on 954 men and women who had been participating in an ongoing New Zealand study since their birth in 1972 to 1973. In 2011, the participants, then 38, underwent tests of kidney function, liver function, lung capacity, metabolic and immune system strength, cholesterol, blood pressure, dental status, eye structure, and heart health. They found that people who were biologically older at age 38 also appeared to have been ageing at a faster pace, the team found.

When facial expressions were monitored, the participants who were biologically older inside also appeared older on the outside. The ultimate goal of the research is to be able to intervene in the ageing process itself, rather than addressing killers like heart disease or cancer in isolation.

"The ability to measure how quickly a young person is ageing may in the future enable us to engage in interventions that slow ageing or target specific diseases," said Salomon Israel, senior lecturer in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

By Lizitha

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