How to Slow Down Biological Aging
While it is impossible to slow the passage of time, it is absolutely possible to reduce the pace at which we age. Considering that aging already starts during childhood, people of any age should prioritize health efforts that bolster longevity. Supporting longevity not only prevents medical issues from arising but also makes us feel better. Understanding the aging process and the steps we can take to slow it down is key. At RevitaLife, we offer several diagnostic tools that help us craft personalized health optimization plans unique to each of our patients. With biological age being the top predictor of nearly all age-related diseases, knowledge about your personal health is power.
What Is Biological Aging?
Your birthday has little to do with your biological age. While the number of years you have been alive is your chronological age, your biological age is based on how well your cells function. This is determined by examining how your DNA reacts to everyday choices like nutrition, diet and exercise. Our patients have access to the most advanced DNA diagnostic tool, TruAge, which offers a glimpse into the pace at which they are aging. Biological aging can be slowed down by attending to your health, which is what we support our patients in doing as safely and strategically as possible.
Understanding Different Types of Aging
Intrinsic and extrinsic aging are important factors to consider when developing a biological age reversal plan. Intrinsic aging is the naturally occurring aging process that is determined by an individual’s DNA. It involves the natural deterioration of cells, tissues and vital organs. Extrinsic aging involves preventable environmental factors that speed up intrinsic aging, such as smoking, too much sun exposure, overexercising or other activities that work against optimal health. Similarly to intrinsic aging, cellular aging is the progressive decline in resilience to stress and other cellular damage that eventually result in cell death. Our goal at RevitaLife is to help our patients slow down cellular aging and intrinsic aging by reversing extrinsic aging.
Strategies to Slow Down Aging
Anyone can take steps toward slowing down the aging process by making healthier lifestyle choices. At RevitaLife, we like to be more precise in our approach to the age reversal process by using innovative diagnostic tools like TruAge to help reveal the most effective path toward wellness. Foundational steps toward slowing down aging involve:
- Eating healthily (we can help develop a personalized eating plan based on your unique lab work)
- Being active (we can provide exercise plans based on your individual health indicators and weight change goals)
- Staying hydrated
- Reducing stress
- Keeping your brain active
- Not smoking tobacco
- Not drinking alcohol in excess
- Knowing your family history
- Wearing sunscreen
- Regularly attending check-ups to prevent illness and disease
- Maintaining a healthy sleeping schedule
- Reducing intake of saturated fats
- Increasing intake of Omega-3 fatty acids
- Taking the right supplements.
What the TruAge Biological Age Test Reveals
The TruAge test only requires a small amount of blood. Scientists will then examine your blood to investigate your DNA methylation—an epigenetic mechanism that regulates gene expression and tissue differentiation. In essence, DNA methylation causes activation or repression of genes in a context-dependent manner. Making informed lifestyle choices becomes easier when you understand the reactivity of methylation to your lifestyle. The TruAge test will also determine your biological age, which paves the way for making lifestyle changes that will reduce your likelihood of developing diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Working Together With You to Support Longevity
No two people age the same. Supporting longevity involves unique paths and processes for each person. For RevitaLife patients, a consultation with Dr. Peláez will help pinpoint stressors that are accelerating your aging process. Depending on your unique health status and diagnostic testing results, Dr. Peláez will outline a plan for better health that may involve a myriad of lifestyle changes. Some of these changes will be easy to implement and others may be challenging—but your longevity, wellness and quality of life are worth it.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Peláez today to learn more about how you can slow down biological aging. Call us at 850.436.4444.