Being unhappy and lonely can age you faster than smoking

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Several studies have linked tobacco smoking to a range of devastating illnesses including coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancers in every human organ system, and decreased reproductive health.

Research also has found that the more cigarettes people smoke and the longer they smoke, the more likely they are to develop wrinkles and other age-associated changes to their faces.

In a study from Deep Longevity and elsewhere, scientists found people who are lonely and unhappy age faster than smokers.

They suggest any anti-aging therapy needs to focus on one’s mental health as much as on one’s physical health.

In the study, the team measured the effects of being lonely, having restless sleep, or feeling unhappy at the pace of aging and found it to be significant.

The study features a new aging clock trained and verified with blood and biometric data of 11,914 Chinese adults. This is the first aging clock to be trained exclusively on a Chinese cohort of such volume.

The team found aging acceleration was detected in people with a history of stroke, liver and lung diseases, smokers, and most interestingly, people in a vulnerable mental state.

In fact, feeling hopeless, unhappy, and lonely was shown to increase one’s biological age more than smoking.

Other factors linked to aging acceleration include being single and living in a rural area (due to the low availability of medical services).

The researchers conclude that the psychological aspect of aging should not be neglected either in research or in practical anti-aging applications.

Mental and psychosocial states are some of the most robust predictors of health outcomes—and quality of life—yet they have largely been omitted from modern health care.

Earlier this year, Deep Longevity released an AI-guided mental health web service, FuturSelf.AI.

The service offers a free psychological assessment that is processed by an AI and provides a comprehensive report on a user’s psychological age as well as current and future mental well-being.

Deep Longevity developed the Longevity as a Service (LaaS) solution to integrate multiple deep biomarkers of aging dubbed “deep aging clocks” to provide a universal multifactorial measure of human biological age.

If you care about wellness, please read studies that eating sea squirts may help reverse major signs of aging, and this blood sugar drug also can reduce blood vessel aging.

For more information about wellness, please see recent studies that vitamin D can help reduce inflammation, and results showing vitamin K may lower your heart disease risk by a third.

The study was published in Aging-US.

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