Your Real Age Might Surprise You - Internal Age vs Chronological Age
More voices are entering the discussion on how we look at age, measure our health and determine our lifespan. Last week CNN reported on research from Dr. Morgan Levine at the Yale School of Medicine that examines chronological (actual) versus biological (internal) age. While the approach of Levine and her colleagues differs from the approach we use with iHeart Internal Age™, the purpose and findings are quite the same: the number we celebrated on our last birthday can be vastly different than that which our body operates at.
"People of the same chronological age aren't all at the same risk for developing cardiovascular disease or cancer or even dying," - Dr. Morgan Levine
A Shift In Focus
Dr. Levine joins us and other leaders in taking a new approach to tracking our internal health, and the implications it has on quality of life and risk of disease. Other researchers like professor David Sinclair at the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School agree with our view on ageing as unique to everyone.
"We all age biologically at different rates according to our genes, what we eat, how much we exercise and what environmental toxins we are exposed to.” - Dr. David Sinclair
While the idea that our health is unique to our genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment isn’t new - the shift in how we quantify the state of our health through the lens of internal age is new - at least in North America. Having a clear read on where our bodies stack up on the temporal yardstick offers new power for an individual to potentially extend their life.
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Knowledge Is Power
The method for determining biological age used by Levine and her team at Yale School of Medicine derives from blood samples as well as other measurements usually taken at the doctor’s office. These measurements hold real value, but are likely not something available daily to the average health-conscious adult. iHeart’s method differs from Dr Levine’s in how it can be put to use everyday or event multiple times a day to track in real time the state of our bodies.
You may now be thinking - so I know my biological age, now what? As Dr. Levine discusses in the article, understanding your Internal Age™ is the first step to reduce it - and ideally lengthen your lifespan.
The exciting thing about what Dr. Levine and others are contributing to the topic of aging is that it helps shine a brighter light on how we can be more aware of our bodies and how they change as we get older.
This new focus on our internal age will hopefully work to prevent some of us from making assumptions about our health just because we’re young chronologically. It’ll also hopefully help motivate us when we’re older chronologically to make healthier choices every day, and lengthen our life.
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