How Quickly Are You Growing Old?
Measuring the pace of biological aging in young people could someday help prevent age-related diseases
Wall Street Journal
July 13, 2013
- Daniel Belsky is first author and assistant professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine
- Article starts with background.
- The aim of the research is to be able eventually to identify signs of premature aging before it becomes evident years or decades later in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or kidney and lung impairment.
- “Intervention to reverse or delay the march toward age-related diseases must be scheduled while people are still young,” according to the study, published online last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- The researchers relied on 18 separate biomarkers to measure the pace of biological aging
- Study examined the pace of aging over time
- “pace of biological aging” is defined as the declining integrity of multiple organ systems.
- Belsky said the research team also hopes to investigate differences in how fast people age by looking at genetics, lifelong environmental factors and lifestyle behaviors.
- Quotes from Nir Barzilai, James Kirkland and Stephen Kritchevsky
- “The primary message is that what happens to us at the end of life has its roots early in life,” said Dr. Kritchevsky of the new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Investments in your health in middle age will have payoffs in old age.”