BioAge is a test estimating your biological age or the “phenotypic age”, defined as your risk for morbidity and mortality among same-age individuals.
In practice, BioAge is a scientifically backed combination of biomarkers representing the physiological states of a number of different systems including cardiovascular, liver, kidney, immune and metabolic. These biomarkers are then combined with your chronological age to generate an overall biological age measure for you.
Learn how testing works here:
In Bio Age, we are including 9 biomarkers which are correlated to chronological age.
The biomarkers are:
C-reactive protein (CRP)
Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV)
Red cell Distribution Width (RDW)
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
Measuring biological age can provide valuable information about an individual’s aging status and overall health, promoting healthy aging.
There are several reasons why measuring biological age can be useful, including:
Early detection of biological age acceleration
Since biological age can act as a predictor of risk for developing age-related conditions such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and heart disease. By identifying an increased risk at an early stage, preventative measures and early interventions can more easily be implemented.
Monitoring your lifestyle changes and overall health
Measuring your biological age can help you track the effectiveness of lifestyle changes such as increased exercise and healthy diet.
Personalized health recommendations
Measuring biological age can be useful to create personalized health recommendations based on the individual’s health risks and needs.
Evaluating anti-aging interventions
Researchers can use the measuring of biological age as a means to evaluate and monitor anti-aging interventions in research, moving towards a better understanding of what can be done to slow the process of aging and even reversing it.
The BioAge test is for everyone who is interested in getting a better understanding of their overall health status, starting the journey towards a healthier tomorrow
We see it as a door opener and a guaranteed eye-opener, since the best years aren’t behind you, but within you.
If your biological age is higher than your chronological age, it could indicate that your body is aging faster than it should be for your age.
We have gathered a few actions you can take to improve your biological age:
Get a comprehensive health assessment
By assessing your overall health, you can get a better understanding of your health status, setting a roadmap for improvements and identify potential underlying health conditions
Exercise is probably the most effective medicine on planet earth! Through exercise, you help maintain a healthy weight, you can reduce stress, you can improve your cardiovascular health and you can improve your sleep.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats can help slow down your aging process by improving your overall health.
Chronic stress has the ability to accelerate the aging process. By reducing your everyday stress through techniques such as relaxation exercises, yoga or meditation you may slow down your aging.
Get enough sleep
Your body will not function properly, nor be able to repair and regenerate without sufficient amount of sleep. Aim at 7-9 hours of good sleep per night.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Avoid harmful habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
If your biological age is lower than your chronological age, it means that your body is younger and healthier than what is typical for people your age. In short, it is a sign that you are either blessed with fantastic genes, that you are taking good care of yourself or a combination of both.
When independently tested, phenotypic age was able to predict who would survive the next ten years and who wouldn’t with an accuracy of approximately 90% without having to know anything else about a person. Of course these tests cannot predict who will be victims of an accident or who will end up with a fatal and rare disease, but this measure is so accurate because it frames changes associated with most age-related diseases, which happens to be the underlying cause of most deaths.
Like with everything in this world, there are strengths and weaknesses with the testing of biological age. Here we name a few:
Strong predictive power of mortality risk and a range of age-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Potential for personalized medicine
User friendly, being one of the most accessible ways for the general public to start exploring biological health
Cheaper than many of the alternatives with similar (and even worse) accuracy
To put it like our advisor on biological age, associate professor Sara Hägg:
“Well, to start with there is no consensus yet on what is the best way to measure biological age.
This is one way you can do it. Aging is complex and we cannot assess it properly yet…”
The science behind the test is based on research at a population level. Therefore, the results may not perfectly mirror the biological age at an individual level.
It is based on the research and studies of Dr. Morgan Levine and team when she was working at Yale, one of the most prominent scientists in the field of biological aging on the planet.
The nine blood measures used to estimate the phenotypic age have been chosen out of a panel of nearly fifty possible biomarkers. This was done through machine learning, meaning that a computer was programmed to develop a mathematical model to predict remaining life expectancy. This combination of nine measures together with the chronological age turned out to be the best predictor of how long a person would live out of all possible combinations.