Each of us has a genetically-programmed aging clock

| | September 29, 2016
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Five per cent of us are genetically programmed to age faster and die younger than everyone else, a groundbreaking new study reveals.

Scientists at UCLA have identified the clearest evidence to date that each individual has their own ‘internal clock’ that moves at a different pace to others.

It means that some people have a 50 per cent higher risk of an early death no matter what they smoke, drink, or eat.

The research could explain why some people die before the age of 100 despite being well-rested, physically active, healthy and stress-free.

The so-called epigenetic clock, which UCLA has temporarily patented, calculates the ageing of tissues and blood by looking at methylation….

To their surprise, they found some people – even healthy ones – appeared biologically destined to die younger than their peers.

Five per cent of the 13,000 participants had a faster ageing rate, making them 50 per cent more likely to develop disease that lead to an early death. 

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