New Study Finds Good Cardiovascular Health Can Slow Biological Aging
A recent study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2023 has revealed that maintaining good cardiovascular health can slow down the aging process by up to six years. The findings of this study, which used the Life’s Essential 8 checklist to measure biological age, have significant implications for overall health and longevity.
The Life’s Essential 8 checklist includes various factors such as diet, physical activity, nicotine exposure, sleep health, BMI, cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Researchers found that participants with the highest scores on this checklist had a biological age on average six years younger than their actual age.
The study demonstrated a clear correlation between cardiovascular health and biological aging. Participants with good cardiovascular health were found to have a younger biological age compared to their chronological age. In contrast, those with poor cardiovascular health had an older biological age.
The study’s results were compelling. The participants with good cardiovascular health had an average chronological age of 41, while their average biological age was only 36. On the other hand, participants with poor cardiovascular health had an average chronological age of 53, but their average biological age was 57.
These findings emphasize the importance of cardiovascular health in the aging process. By maintaining a high Life’s Essential 8 score through regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and consuming a heart-healthy diet, individuals can not only lower their biological age but also improve overall health and reduce the risk of heart issues and age-related health conditions.
While the study is promising, it is essential to note that the research has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. However, these preliminary findings suggest a strong link between cardiovascular health and biological age.
As more research is conducted in this field, it is hoped that these findings will prompt individuals to prioritize their cardiovascular health and adopt healthier lifestyles. By doing so, they may be able to slow down the aging process and enjoy a longer, healthier life.
For more information on this study and its implications, stay tuned for the publication of the full research in a peer-reviewed journal.