AGING – CHRONOLOGICAL VS. BIOLOGICAL; HOW BUILDING YOUR BODY CAN HELP YOU BEAT THE ODDS

aging; what to do about it.

AGING. IT HAPPENS.

Why is it that some people look 50 when they’re 30, or 30 when they’re 50? Does one person have good genes while the other is drowning in a rapidly aging gene pool? The fact is, aging happens differently for everyone. And who wouldn’t want to be on the side of standing tall and strong instead of grunting when you get out of the car?

CHRONOLOGICAL AGE, BIOLOGICAL AGE. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

It’s the difference between “you look amazing” and “OMG, I’m beginning to look like my mother (or father). Either could represent your biological or chronological age. Essentially, everyone has both.

CHRONOLOGICAL AGE; THE CLOCK IS TICKING

Chronological age is easy. It’s the date on your driver’s license. The date you’re not afraid to admit to until you pass a certain age you’d prefer not to reveal. When you’re young, you want to get a fake ID for the bars and clubs. You want to blow out as many candles as can be jammed on your birthday cake. As you age, you worry you might not have the breath to blow out any.

BIOLOGICAL AGE; YOU’RE HOW OLD?

Biological age is the number that reflects how you look and feel. Also known as physiological or functional age, biological age takes into consideration a number of factors other than the day you were joyfully popped out into the world. Biological age is what determines our health, and ultimately, our lifespan. The basic idea is that aging occurs as you gradually accumulate damage to important cells and tissue in your body. Biological age reflects a combination of your genetics, demographics, chronic conditions, exposure to the environment, and well, just how you live. Eat more, eat bad-for-you stuff, drink more, stress more, sleep less, and stress out a lot, and your biological age can race ahead. Not exercising can speed up the ride even more.

TELOMERES TELL THE REAL STORY

Tele-what? Telomeres are known to be one of the major determinants of aging. Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. Think of the plastic tip of shoelaces, protecting the shoelace.  Telomeres protect chromosomes in the same way. Long telomere lengths are related to greater longevity. When telomeres get too short to do their job, our cells age and ultimately die – a normal biological process. Which, thank you, thank you, thank you, you can do something about.

HORMONES HAVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH AGING

Actually, they have everything to do with your entire body, but we’ll stick with biological aging here. Scientists have found that telomerase, the enzyme that repairs and regulates telomeres, is controlled and activated by hormones. For example, testosterone, estradiol (one of three estrogen hormones), and Growth Hormone (HGH), are all associated with telomere length. So to keep ourselves healthy and with a high quality of life, we need all our hormones at optimal levels. Letting those hormones drop is to let the telomeres get short. And well, you know where that road leads.

EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO LOOKING BETTER AND LIVING LONGER

Who doesn’t know that exercise is a good thing? Even if you haven’t gotten around to doing much of it. A study in Preventive Medicine found that people who exercised the most had biological markers that appeared nine years younger than those who were sedentary. Just one bout of higher exercise effort can stimulate the production of telomerase and those much-desired longer telomeres. Moderate exercise is still valuable and has considerable benefits, but in terms of biological aging, high levels of activity make the real difference. Still, you don’t want to drop the weights. Resistance training is the key to maintaining muscle and bone as we age. It can slow and reverse the aging process at the cellular level, increasing your energy, and decreasing the debilitating effects of aging beyond your years.

LIVING PROOF

If you want some examples of people who don’t look and act their age, consider these models of youthfulness:

Manohar Aich was the first Indian bodybuilder who won the title of Mr. Universe. He was given the name “Pocket Hercules” because he was a 4 feet 11-inch bodybuilder who died at the age of 104.

Ernestine Shephard held the Guinness World Record for being the Oldest Female Bodybuilder at age 81.

On Aug. 8, 2021, Edith Murway-Traina turned 100 years old. Although reaching triple digits is a rare and commendable achievement, it is not Murway-Traina’s claim to fame. She was recently entered into the 2022 Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest competitive female powerlifter ever.

It’s never too late to impress yourself.

WANT AGE ON YOUR SIDE?

No one’s biological age has to be set in stone. Especially when they have SculptedMD in their corner. The medical professionals at SculptedMD are experts when it comes to aging. Or should we say anti-aging? They understand how the body can work for you or against you when it comes to biological aging. They understand how daunting it is to have the years run away with you towards illness and even a shorter life. With their unwavering focus on exercise and training, they can tell your telomeres what to do. Which is… increase in length. And decrease the damaging and aging effects of shortening telomeres. They are also hormone specialists, balancing the hormones that have a big say in how well you age. Sound good? It gets better. SculptedMD even offers Sermorelin and Ipamorelin Peptide Therapy, an anti-aging treatment that helps restore your body’s human growth hormone levels. Which actually begin to decline by the time we reach the age of 30. This means it’s never too early to find out all that SculptedMD can do for you to make your birthdays something to really celebrate. Call SculptedMD for an appointment, before another minute passes by.

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