Heart Longevity: Follow these 8 Steps to Slow Biological Aging Effectively

Recent research based on the 2015-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicates a potential connection between heart health and the deceleration of the aging process. 

The study, encompassing data from 6,500 adults, discovered that individuals with optimal heart health exhibited a biological age lower than their chronological age.

Conversely, those with poor heart health showed signs of accelerated biological aging. Nour Makarem, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, highlighted the study’s findings, stating.

“We found that higher cardiovascular health is associated with decelerated biological aging, as measured by phenotypic age. We also found a dose-dependent association — as heart health goes up, biological aging goes down.”

The study revealed that improved heart health correlates with a slowing of the biological aging process. 

The concept of phenotypic age, according to Makarem, serves as a practical tool to evaluate the body’s aging process and predicts future disease risk and mortality.

For participants with high cardiovascular health, the average actual age was 41, while their biological age was measured at 36. 

Conversely, individuals with low heart health had an average actual age of 53, with a biological age of 57.

Assessing heart health involves utilizing the “Life’s Essential 8” checklist from the American Heart Association, which includes key steps for maintaining overall health and longevity.

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Keys to Cardiovascular Health and Longevity

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Recent research based on the 2015-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicates a potential connection between heart health and the deceleration of the aging process.

1. Eat better

2. Move more

3. Stop smoking

4. Sleep well

5. Keep a healthy weight

6. Watch your cholesterol

7. Keep your blood sugar in check

8. Manage your blood pressure

Makarem emphasized the importance of adhering to these metrics, stating, “Greater adherence to all Life’s Essential 8 metrics and improving your cardiovascular health can slow down your body’s aging process and have a lot of benefits down the line. 

Reduced biological aging is not just associated with lower risk of chronic disease such as heart disease; it is also associated with longer life and lower risk of death.”

While the study assessed heart health only once, the potential impact of changes over time remains unknown. 

Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, former president of the American Heart Association, underscored the study’s significance, emphasizing the importance of living a healthy lifestyle for both longevity and quality of life.

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