Americans Optimistic About Aging, But Not as Young as They Feel

We’ve all heard the phrase “you’re only as young as you feel,” but new survey findings from InsideTracker have shown outward appearances and attitudes can be deceiving. Its America’s Attitude to Aging study found that while 65 percent of people say they look good for their age, fewer than half believe they are in good shape. It also found that 60 percent of users of its InnerAge platform, a service that determines a person’s biological age, are in fact older than their years (on average by 3.13 years), despite people reporting they look (70 percent) and feel (61 percent) younger than they are.

The survey also calls into question the notion that America is a youth-obsessed society:

>>Three times as many people claim they would rather stay at age 50 than 20
>>Only 17 percent of respondents consider people in their 60s to be old
>>72 percent expect to live into their 80s and 1 in 10 believe they will reach 100
>>We are honest about our age, with only 1 in 5 people having lied about it. When people do lie, they are more likely to claim to be older
>>71 percent expect to live longer than their parents
>>The top three celebrities believed to be aging well are George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Sean Connery for men; and Madonna, Betty White, and Jennifer Aniston for women

Interestingly, the survey found 84 percent of people believe they can take steps to slow down the effects of aging. People employ a vast array of methods to reduce the physical effects and appearance of aging with diet being the biggest weapon ahead of exercise and anti-aging treatments and procedures:

>>Changing diet (54 percent) and regularly taking supplements (45 percent)
>>Joining a gym (28 percent)
>>Using anti-aging creams (24 percent)
>>Giving up smoking (22 percent) and alcohol (18 percent)
>>Conducting cognitive mental exercises (19 percent)

“While people claim to look and feel younger than their years, scientific study after study show people are in fact more likely to be older than their chronological age,” said Dr. Gil Blander, chief science officer of InsideTracker. “That being said, our America’s Attitude to Aging study shows people are taking active roles to combat the impacts of aging and are embracing the prospect of their senior years. Today, 50 is the new 30, people in their 60s are far from being considered old, and people are enjoying and expecting to lead healthy, active lives well into their 80s.”

InnerAge is a service that assesses a person’s biological vs. chronological age by analyzing the five blood biomarkers most scientifically proven to impact longevity. It then suggests five Focus Foods which, if incorporated into diet, can optimize these biomarkers and help slow the effects of aging from the inside out.

Since the platform launched in January, it has found people have an InnerAge that is on average 3.13 years older than their given years. It has also seen many examples of people reducing their InnerAge, in some cases by more than a decade, by changing diets to optimize the key biomarkers which include:

>>Glucose
>>Vitamin D
>>Testosterone (for men) / DHEAS (for women)
>>hsCRP (an inflammation indicator)
>>ALT (a liver damage indicator)

The InnerAge platform was developed after nearly two years of research by some of world’s leading authorities in aging. This illustrious list of scientists includes, among others, Dr. David Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, author of 162 publications on aging research and named by TIME magazine as one of the world’s hundred most influential people; as well as Professor Lenny Guarente of MIT’s Biology Department, author of more than 200 publications in the field of metabolism and aging.

“While we can’t beat old father time, there are steps people can take to optimize their inner health,” Dr. Blander continued. “To improve longevity, people need to manage and optimize their body’s glucose, vitamin D, and inflammation levels, as well as improve their liver function. Immediate actions people can take include avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, quitting smoking, and eating more foods such as avocados, beans, and artichokes to reduce glucose, eating more salmon, cheese, and mushrooms to increase levels of vitamin D, and incorporating citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit into their diets to improve immune functions.”

Like retirement planning, it is never too early to invest in health decisions that can extend and improve the quality of life in our senior years. With the right information, actions, and diet, there is every reason to believe people can look, feel, and become younger than their years.

 

 

Source: InsideTracker, insidetracker.com

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