Some People Age More Slowly

People really do age at different rates, a new study confirms.

Duke University researchers found that by age 45, those with a faster pace of “biological aging” were more likely to feel, function, and look far older than they actually were. And for those individuals the relative sprint toward old age began in their 20s. The experts say this shows we need to take a different view of aging.

Researcher Maxwell Elliott says, “Aging is a lifelong process. It doesn’t suddenly begin at the age of 60.” It’s believed genes likely play a role in biological aging, but nothing is set in stone, as lifestyle choices, and environmental factors also contribute. In the future, the researchers hope they can translate what they’re learning about the aging process into medications that can be given to people at the right time. (UPI