Why You Could Be Younger Than You Think? - Pt. 5
Have you ever wondered how some people can be so active and lively well past their seventies? We tend to associate getting older with a general deterioration in physical and mental capability, but ageing isn’t a straightforward decline as it may seem.
For a start, the status of our health is more to do with our biological age — how well our bodies function — rather than the number of years from birth, our so-called chronological age. In fact, our biological age and chronological age can be remarkably different, with the former sometimes a better predictor of our overall lifespan and risk of getting age-related diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.
It follows that if we could manage our biological age, slow it down, stop it, or even reverse the ageing process, we will not only live longer but stay healthy in later life.
THE SCIENCE OF AGEING
What changes at the biological level when we age? We can think of ageing as a loss of information – our cells lose their identity and don’t function as well as a result. If a nerve cell, for example, starts to behave less like a nerve cell, it could eventually lead to a loss of sight, if that cell happens to be part of the optic nerve.
The information in question lies in the cell’s epigenome, which consists of various chemical compounds that attach to and ‘tag’ DNA to control which genes are switched on or off in the cell, and therefore how and when that cell functions.
HOW DO I DETERMINE MY BIOLOGICAL AGE?
Thanks to advances in research that are helping us to understand the ageing process better than ever before, we now know of biological signs—biomarkers—that can indicate our biological age and help predict our lifespan.
Unsurprisingly, it turns out that many of these biomarkers are related to the epigenome. One of the most widely-used biomarkers for ageing is DNA methylation, which has been linked to longevity. The length of the protective telomere 'caps' on the end of our chromosomes are known to play a role in ageing. We can also look to genes or proteins linked to ageing for clues.
Because ageing is such a complex process, there are likely multiple biomarkers involved when it comes to predicting our biological age.
CAN I CONTROL HOW I AGE?
We're often told to practice a healthy lifestyle in terms of our diet, exercise, sleep and wellbeing, and these factors seem to be important for reducing our biological age too, by targeting processes like DNA methylation
Calorie restriction is one particular approach that has shown promise. Dr. Sinclair believes that genetic pathways are activated by low energy which activates enzymes called sirtuins. "Eat less often." which does not insinuate consuming fewer calories but consuming fewer calories within a shorter amount of time.
Certain supplements have also seen success in slowing how we age, by mirroring some of the biological effects of exercise or dietary restriction. This includes the supplement nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), which boosts the level of NAD+, a coenzyme which helps protect cells from stress and repair damaged DNA.
As people continue to live longer and age-related diseases pose an ever-greater health problem, anti-ageing interventions are becoming more pertinent, as well as a hot topic.
Previously it was hard to say for certain that a 65-year-old with a healthy lifestyle is biologically younger than a 65-year-old who smokes, drinks, doesn't exercise or takes supplements.
That's why it's exciting that scientists are developing ways to reliably measure biological age, including via blood biomarkers. This will allow longevity therapies to be assessed in clinical trials for their effectiveness to ensure anti-ageing becomes more than just a buzzword.
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The article above highlights our biological age and how we could influence it by being aware of our lifestyle choices.
As mentioned we need to take care of our bodies at a cellular level. By supplementing with NMN we can increase our NAD+ levels and protect and repair our cells.
We also discussed our lifestyle choices and that diet and calorie restrictions can influence our biological age. Supplements like Releaf contain berberine which naturally helps to optimise your metabolism and keep a check on weight gain and sugar levels.
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