Ways to Find Out Your Biological Age
Now, let’s explore some methods to discover your biological age:
Biological Age Assessments:
Many health and wellness companies offer comprehensive assessments that estimate your biological age based on a variety of health markers. These assessments may include blood tests, genetic analysis, and other relevant data. Fountain Life is a medical concierge business focussed on wellness and prevention using advanced, break-through technology. It costs a pretty penny. Be on the look-out for more of this at an affordable price as insurers realize prevention and early detection saves businesses, governments and individuals huge sums of money. Check it out here.
Telomere Length Testing:
Telomeres, the protective caps on your DNA strands, naturally shorten with age. Telomere length testing can provide insights into your cellular age and overall health. First establish a baseline and then test each year to help make adjustments for better health and longevity. A new born baby will have 10,000 bases in length as compared to 3000 in an adult. The elderly will typically have 1500 bases in length. Besides aging, smoking, poor nutrition and obesity can shorten telomere length. Changes in lifestyle may lengthen telomeres. Cenegenics is an example of one company providing this service.
Physical Fitness Tests:
Some fitness assessments, such as VO2 max testing and body composition analysis, can estimate your biological age based on your physical condition. This seems to be the stuff of elite athletes, but knowing these fitness markers can assess disease risk. The American Heart Association published a scientific statement recommending increased CRF (cardiorespiratory fitness) to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. See an earlier blog on sarcopenia for ideas that are age appropriate workouts like high intensity training.
Online Biological Age Calculators:
Various online tools and apps use questionnaires and health data to estimate your biological age. While less precise than other methods, they can still offer valuable insights. I went to biological-age.com to take their test out of curiosity. OMG … I was 44! My biological age is 29 years younger than my chronological age. The questions they asked were pretty much based on lifestyle with only two questions asking the range of blood pressure tests and cholesterol testing. Then based on my answers, it let me know what could be done to improve that number … and it was free! Here’s the link if you want to have a go!