If someone were to ask you how old you are, you would probably answer with the number of years that have happened since you were born. This would be considered your chronological age, but you may not feel that way. That could be because your biological age differs from the chronological age.
Biological age is a term that refers to the condition and health of your body, regardless of how old you actually are. So, for senior adults, you could be 74 years old but be biologically 62. You may have heard it referred to as physiological or functional age.
Chronological age is the number one risk factor for chronic illness, memory loss, hearing loss, and mortality. However, your risk factor for these can come down significantly if your biological age is younger. Biological age is often based upon chronological age, genetics, nutrition, lifestyle choices (smoking, exercise, etc.), and other present diseases or conditions.
There is no age too late to start working on lowering your biological age. Anyone can do it with a little bit of change to their lifestyle and by seeking out a primary care services provider’s guidance and recommendations.
In older adults, exercise can lead to better heart and lung health and reduce fatigue. It can also help build up strength in the muscles, guarding your body against diseases like osteoporosis. Eating a healthy diet can also lower your risk for certain diseases and help you remain energized.
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