Many us of look older than we really are because we either engage in behaviors that increase the process of aging, or we do not actively support a more youthful body through inaction. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about fighting the aging process, the more control you can take toward maintaining a healthier, younger body and mind.Not just having this knowledge but the will to apply it is all that matters.
Here are 9 factors that could make you age quicker than necessary unless you stay away from them.
1. Exposure To The Sun
You might have been warned by an older fellow to always put on some sunscreen at the beach; sun exposure contributes to wrinkles and accelerates external aging. While natural pigments provide some protection, chronic sun exposure can lead to age spots and elastosis, or the breakdown of elastic tissue in the skin that produces leathery skin appearance prevalent among farmers.
2. Phobic Anxiety
A new series of study from researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital puts it that phobic anxiety can enhance and also lead to faster biological aging, along with other health-related problems. Author Olivia Okereke and her team studied and tried to understand the relationship between anxiety and telomeres, the DNA-protein complexes at the end of chromosomes that act as biological markers of aging, finding that symptoms of phobic anxiety are linked to PLoS ONE, established that phobic anxiety is a plausible mechanism for accelerated aging, but did not prove that anxiety is the root cause.
This could only be postive if it is done to save live as separation from a spouse may also lead to accelerated aging, according to a 2009 facial analysis study conducted on sets of identical twins. According to the study led by a team of plastic surgeons, twins who had been divorced looked noticeably older — 1.7 years older to be exact — than twins who had not gone through a divorce. As Time’s John Cloud writes, “you are better off staying single than getting into a bad relationship.”
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for one’s health. The pesky habit can age people faster both on the outside, by contributing to wrinkles, and on the inside since smoking is associated with a host of serious health problems. A 2005 study linked smoking with shorter telomere length — the biological markers of aging — according to WebMD. More recently, Dr. Bahman Guyuron, who conducted a facial analysis study on pairs of identical twins, also noted that smoking is one of the factors that leads to accelerated aging
One of the most commonly misunderstood aging factors is the effect that food has on the body. There are foods that you can eat that will help you to retain a younger body and foods that will help you age faster. Choosing a diet that is high in fats, sugars, processed foods, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables creates an internal environment that is anything but youth friendly.
High sugar intake, for example, can cause unhealthy weight gain, but the real aging factor is how one’s body recognizes and uses sugar. A 2009 study out of Montreal found that the lifespan of yeast cells increased as glucose in the system decreased, or if glucose sensors were removed. Either way, over-consumption of sugar, leading to high amounts of sugar on in one’s body, is linked to aging.
As revealed by the 2009 facial analysis study conducted on identical twins, antidepressants can also lead to accelerated aging. Researchers reviewed photographs of 186 sets of twins, finding that those who had taken antidepressants often looked older than their respective counterparts who had not. (Image via Getty)
Loneliness to the aged may also contribute to people aging more quickly. In a 2011 study, 985 people were assessed on a five-point scale for loneliness. Researchers found that for each point on the scale past the baseline, motor decline was 40 percent more rapid. More importantly, this increased rate of motor decline was also associated with a 50 percent increased risk of death. So while aging may be accelerated by divorce, loneliness is also a crucial aging factor.
Chronic, high stress lives speedily enhances aging. Aside from the effects that a worried face has on facial wrinkles, stress affects everything from the way we carry ourselves to our energy level. People who are consumed with daily stress do not walk tall and proud like people who are feeling good about themselves. They move slower and they challenge their bodies less. People who are overwhelmed with stressed also tend to have illnesses that can help the aging process along.