On signing with his new soccer club, Juventus, for a staggering €100M, Portugal’s 33 year-old World Cup captain Cristiano Ronaldo claimed to have “a biological age of 23.” It’s a bold statement that begs the question, ‘What is biological aging?’
Here at iHeart we’re in the business of helping people lower their biological age, or ‘internal age’, as we put it. By looking at certain heart health factors, the iHeart fingertip device and mobile app is able to measure the health of an individual’s organs. This information is then translated into internal age: an easily understandable way to look at your overall health.
What Is Meant By ‘Biological Age’?
The concept of biological aging is a relatively new approach to quantifying health. In the simplest terms your biological age is the age of your body internally, which may be different to your chronological (actual) age. Depending on how you’ve treated your body in the past, your health may be better or worse than is average for a person of your age.
While Ronaldo may have been speaking figuratively, there are actually ways to assess a person's biological age. Aortic stiffness—that is, stiffness of one’s aorta—has been repeatedly proven in studies to be a reliable indicator of risk of cardiovascular disease, brain disease, and even risk death from all causes.
The aorta, which is the largest artery in the body, stiffens as we age and with poor lifestyle choices. Not getting enough exercise, eating poorly, and generally leading a stressful lifestyle all have a stiffening effect on the aorta, which can eventually lead to severe health hazards.
iHeart measures the stiffness of the aorta and uses this information to assess your risk for cardiovascular and brain disease and to determine your internal age. It then compares its findings to the average reading for each age. If your own readings are the same as the average of someone much younger than yourself then you’ll be rewarded with the news that you have a young internal age. Conversely, if your readings are closer to those of somebody older than your chronological age then you’ll receive the information that your internal organs are aging faster than average.
Is It Possible To Lower My Biological Age?
Yes, it is possible to lower your biological age! In all of the research that has been done around aortic stiffness it’s been proven that attention to lifestyle can actually reverse the stiffening process. This means that by eating well, managing stress levels and getting enough exercise, you can actually start to undo the effects of aortic stiffening on your organs and increase your chances for a longer and healthier life!
It’s never too late to start paying attention to your health and with modern day tools like iHeart to guide you, it’s now easier than ever to understand what’s going on inside your body.
We recently released a free eBook titled ‘How To Lower Your Internal Age’, which you can download right now for some simple tips on how to start lowering your biological age.