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Loneliness can make our biological clock tick faster.
Loneliness and unhappiness According to a recent article published by Aging-US, it can accelerate the aging process more than smoking.
“We showed [that] “Psychological factors such as unhappiness or loneliness add up to one year and eight months to a person’s biological age,” said lead author Dr. Fedor Gakin, director of scientific business development at Deep Longevity in Hong Kong.
“The total effect is greater than the effects of biological sex, living environment and marriage, and smoking,” he said. “Because of its significant impact on biological age, we believe that the psychological component should not be neglected in aging studies.”
According to the paper, each person has a chronological order determined by their birthday.
But we have an “aging clock” that can be influenced. Our geneticslife choices and the environment, the report says.
The international research team found that molecular damage accumulates during aging, which contributes to the development of diseases.
But for some people, the aging process goes faster, which is called “accelerated aging”.
The researchers developed an aging clock based on blood panels from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) dataset to determine biological age in a sample of Chinese adults.
“Successful aging is a person over the age of 65 without major disability and with normal cognitive function and social participation.”
It is a national study involving Charles A. Chinese people over 45 years; It includes information on participants’ socioeconomic status, health history, biometrics, and blood panels.
The authors note that China has the lowest percentage of “successful countries” among East Asian countries.
“Successful aging is defined as someone over 65 years of age without major disability and with normal cognitive function and social participation,” the study said.
Because of China’s large population, the number of people over 65 in China is higher than the number of people over 65 across Europe – so the study shows that understanding aging in China provides valuable insights into ageing. in this world.”
The researchers worked with blood and a new “aging clock”. Biometric information from 11,914 Chinese adults.
It is the first to be used on a Chinese collection in this size.
What is the ‘aging clock’?
“The Aging Clock is a digital aging model. [based] “On thousands of human samples,” Galkin told Fox News Digital.
“By examining chronologically expressed biomarker profiles, it learns to detect signs of aging.”
They explained that the “aging clock” can estimate a person’s age by looking at that person’s biomarkers.
“If a person is identified as old in this model, the molecular processes of aging are accelerated,” he said.
Factors that accelerate aging
The research shows that a History of strokeLiver and lung diseases – as well as smokers – accelerated aging.
But he also found that a “vulnerable state of mind” accelerates aging.
According to the group’s press release, feelings of hopelessness, happiness and loneliness increase biological age more than smoking. It also found that being single and living in a rural area (and experiencing a lack of adequate medical care) was associated with accelerated aging.
“Mental and psychosocial states are very strong predictors of health outcomes and quality of life,” said co-author Manuel Faria, who is affiliated with Stanford’s Department of Psychology. In a press release issued by the University.
Limitations of the study
The study noted that one limitation was the survey method: Participants were asked questions about their psychological well-being, rating the frequency of certain feelings or issues in the past week.
Another study limitation is that the study only included participants who were part of Chinese older adults — so the new study’s findings need to be replicated in comparable Western populations, Galkin told Fox News Digital.
“Combined with our previous research, we now have a way to improve a person’s longevity using only behavioral measures,” Gakkin added.
Early detection of accelerated aging could have real-world applications “to prevent age-related diseases or to find ways to slow the rate of aging.”
“This concept is implemented in FuturSelf.AI, which we plan to perfect later.”
FuturSelf.AI offers a free assessment of the user’s “psychological age”. Hong Kong’s Deep Longevity released earlier this year.
Early detection of accelerated aging “could have real-world applications for preventing age-related diseases or finding ways to slow aging,” Gakkin told Fox News Digital.
Dr. Alex Zhavoronkov, CEO of Ensilico Medicine, based in Hong Kong and New York, said in a press release that the study’s Aging Clock “could inspire future ways to reduce or even reverse psychological aging on a national scale.” Release.
The editors conclude how our age is skewed. Aging is determined not only by physical conditions, but also to some extent by our emotional well-being and social status.
“We interpreted biological age as a proxy for general health status and showed that positive emotions (happiness, hope, well-being) have a significant effect on age,” the paper said.
“The study’s findings further support the importance of friendships and a psychologically stimulating environment for healthy longevity.”