Are these 3 habits aging you faster than others?
A new study out of Duke University shows that despite biological age, some people age 3x faster than others – but why?
Healthy living and anti-aging expert, Dr. Steven Weiniger, weighs in on this research saying that the way you will age is determined by two factors:
“It’s a combination of genetics that you can’t do anything about, and lifestyle – what you’re doing during your life – and that’s something you can do a lot about. People that live with a lot of stress, people that don’t get enough sleep, drink too much, smoke…are going to look older and BE older way quicker,” he says.
People know that smoking will shorten your life, as well as habits that lead to obesity and its associated problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. However, Dr. Weiniger stresses that a big takeaway from the study isn’t just that these habits might kill you sooner, but that the aging process itself will happen sooner.
“In the study, most people aged 1 year over 12 months. Some aged slower. But some people literally aged 3 years in 12 months. One thing people will notice is that presidents often leave office looking 20 years older because they’re living with crazy stress.”
Fortunately, you can start making changes now that will drastically affect how and when you age. Dr. Weiniger shares 3 habits to change if you want to get the most out of your life.
1. Don’t smoke. Tobacco use is linked with lung cancer, COPD, and a higher mortality rate.
2. Limit dietary intake of whites. Starches, sugars, salt, specifically. You lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
3. Stay active. Spending less time sedentary exponentially increases your lifespan.
“I’m a posture guru – one of my big things is teaching people how to stand taller,” says Weiniger. “Sitting is the new smoking. Studies have shown that people who spend more time sitting die sooner, and people who stand up more and keep their bodies moving better live longer. And most importantly, being happy in life will help you to enjoy it more and to live longer.”