A new study reveals that some adults may age faster biologically compared to other people. These adults will die early even if they lead a healthy lifestyle.
An epigenetic clock was used to calculate the aging of blood and other tissues by tracking methylation, a chemical process that alters DNA over time.
5 percent of the population was found to age at a faster biological rate resulting in a shorter life expectancy.
Leading a healthy lifestyle may help prolong life expectancy but the innate aging process could derail such efforts.
“While a healthful lifestyle may help extend life expectancy, our innate aging process prevents us from cheating death forever,” he said. “Yet risk factors like smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure still predict mortality more strongly than one’s epigenetic aging rate.”
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