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.
Some things to think about on your continued journey to maintain a healthy you:
Keep on eating healthy
Rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein and unsaturated fats
Continue with regular exercise
Maintaining your fitness level, improving your cardiovascular health and reducing risk for age-related diseases
Maintain good quality sleep
Sleep is important no matter your age. Make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night
Avoid unhealthy habits
Smoking and alcohol will always have a negative impact on your health and biological age
Manage your stress
Keep on making sure to stay away from chronic stress by practicing stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing.
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.
There are many factors that can affect your biological age, including:
Lack of physical activity
A sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise can contribute to several age-related diseases
High in processed foods, trans fats, saturated fats and sugar can accelerate cellular aging and increase the risk of age-related diseases
Long-term stress may cause chronic inflammation which may cause cellular aging
Quitting smoking is probably the most important single lifestyle change you can do for your overall health! It is a major risk factor for numerous diseases and conditions including cancer, heart disease and premature aging
A high intake of alcohol can result in inflammation and cellular damage, both increasing the risk of chronic diseases and accelerating the aging process
Lack of high quality sleep prevents sufficient regenerative and reparative processes to take place in our bodies, which may accelerate the aging process and increase the risk of age-related diseases
Genetics play an important part in determining an individual’s biological age.
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.
We have gathered a short summary below of the process from deciding to take the BioAge test to having the biological age result in your hand.
a) Klick on the BioAge test
b) Go to the shopping cart and purchase the test
c) Receive a confirmation email and receipt
d) Receive a mail with further instructions and additional information
Take the test
a) Go to the testing site of your choice among the laboratories presented in “laboratories near me”
b) Identify yourself with a valid ID upon arrival
c) Get tested
d) (Don’t forget to read “Good to think about before taking a blood test” before you get tested.)
Get the result
a) Once your blood test has been analyzed, you will receive the result in MyPages