Why Some People Age Slower Than Others

October 6, 2006 4:34 pm 3 comments

Want to know why some literally age more slowly than others? So do researchers at the geriatric epidemiology section at the National Institute on Aging. As the New York Times reports in part three of a series on aging, some scientists have learned that, in many cases, a single factor —
undetected cardiovascular disease — is a major reason people
become frail. The piece also tells us that a second finding is just as surprising to skeptical scientists because
it seemed to many like a wrongheaded cliché — you’re only as old as you
think you are. Rigorous studies are now showing that seeing, or
hearing, gloomy nostrums about what it is like to be old can make
people walk more slowly, hear and remember less well, and even affect
their cardiovascular systems. Positive images of aging have the
opposite effects.
Read more in the Times about why some people manage to stay young, and some do not.

3 Comments

  • I totally agree on that aging depends in part on thoughts. I´m 26 and look 18!! interesting fact is that at that age i had to quit studying because I didn´t have the economical possibilities to do so and in my mind I wanted to stay young to retake my career later in life. Finally I´m studying thE career I wanted so bad and it´s like clock is tiking back again.

  • I believe you are as young as you think and feel and that it shows on your face and body. I try to stay young at heart. I am 48 years old now and in all of my adult life people always thouht i was 8 to 10 years younger. When I was 36 the new day care worker for my little girls thought I was 26 and didn’t believe I could have had a 14 year old son, also. Just last month my boss said she assumed I had probably just turned 40.

  • Amos Brownridge

    I still can’t get the right explanation. I’m 35 years old, but people always think I’m 22 or 23. and I’m always addressed as a younger person around my pair group.

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