Dr. Jeremy Walston, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of the study
I just read an interesting new study identifying the biggest causes of aging. The authors gathered a panel of leading experts on health and aging and asked them what the biggest risk factors are for failing health as the years go by. Here’s what they found:
Experts identified 13 factors predisposing to or clinically manifesting AACD [accelerated aging and cellular decline]. Among these, chronic diseases, obesity, and unfavorable genetic background were considered as the most important.Early detection of accelerated aging and cellular decline (AACD): A
None of the risk factors will shock you, but seeing all the key risks laid out in order of importance can really help guide our decision making:
One risk stood out above all:
smoking was consistently viewed as the most prominent risk factor
So if you’re smoking, definitely consider quitting! I recently shared how I put down the cigarettes 6 years ago. Hopefully my experience can help.
These risks mostly boil down to either what you put into your body or what you do with your body. Here’s how I try to mitigate these risks:
- Sleeping 8-9 hours a night
- Exercising at least 4 times a week, in addition to walking at least 4 miles every day
- Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and avoiding too many processed foods
- Meditating most days, generally for 10-20 minutes
Although I did, incongruously, read this article while eating some potato chips, so there’s room for improvement! 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!