Das biologische Alter: Was es ist und warum es wichtig ist

Biological age: what it is and why it matters

While birthdays are a clear reminder of how many years we have spent on Earth, there is another "age" indicator that is often overlooked but is just as important: biological age. This value can give us deeper insights into our health and well-being and even give us clues about how we can improve our quality of life.

What is biological age?

Biological age, often referred to as “functional age,” indicates how old our body really is on a cellular and physiological level. It can be measured by various markers and indicators including DNA methylation, telomere length and other cellular processes.

Chronological vs. Biological Age:

While our chronological age simply counts the number of years since we were born, biological age takes into account how well our cells and systems are functioning. For example, two people may both be 50 years old, but one of them could have a biological age of 40 while the other has a biological age of 60. This can be due to differences in genetics, lifestyle and environment.

Factors affecting biological age:

  • Genetics: Our DNA plays a role, but interestingly, it only accounts for a small portion of our biological age.

  • Lifestyle: Diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption and other daily habits can have a major impact on our biological age.

  • Environment: Exposure to toxins, air quality and other environmental factors can also affect our biological age.

  • Stress: Chronic stress can lead to accelerated aging at the cellular level.

Why is biological age important?

Biological age may be a better indicator of health than chronological age. It can provide clues about chronic disease risk, cognitive function and even life expectancy. By understanding and monitoring our biological age, we can make targeted changes to our lifestyle to improve our health and longevity.

Biological age offers a fascinating perspective on our health that goes beyond just the number of candles on our birthday cake. By using this knowledge and taking proactive action, we can not only live longer, but also improve the quality of our years. It is never too early or too late to address your biological age and take steps to optimize it.

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