According to new research from Stanford University, some anti-aging techniques really do work. We’ve got the low-down on everything you need to know.
According to new research by Stanford University, stressed girls will age more quickly. Girls who are at risk of depression have higher stress rates and shorter telomeres—a marker for aging – than their low-risk peers.
This proves what has long been suspected. But what is new is that we now know that stress caused changes in the body, rather than the other way around. Of course, this also means that stress prevention is key to slowing the aging rate, which was suspected before but not proven until now.
Stanford university psychologists studied girls at risk of developing depression and found that these girls had higher stress rates and higher levels of the hormone cortisol, which increases the aging rate. Which is ironic. Because most people waste their time worrying about the future, which creates stress. Stress then reduces your longevity, so the future you worry about might never even happen.
The girls also had telomeres that were shorter by the equivalent of six years in adults. Telomeres are caps on the ends of chromosomes. Every time a cell divides the telomeres get a little shorter. Telomere length is like a biological clock corresponding to age. Telomeres also shorten as a result of exposure to stress. Scientists have uncovered links in adults between shorter telomeres and premature death, more frequent infections and chronic diseases.
This offers evidence that techniques known to reduce stress will also reduce the aging rate.
You can read the full study by Stanford University HERE. Or, read our guide to reducing stress and thereby slowing the aging rate.