Heart Healthy Behaviors May Help Reverse Rapid Cell Aging

The benefits gained with higher lifestyle scores may be associated with the positive influence of heart disease risk factors on the aging of the body and its cells, finds a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association

Research Highlights

  • The benefits gained from better heart health may be related to a process involved in the aging of the body and its cells, researchers found in a study of more than 5,000 adults with a mean age of 56 years.
  • People with rapid cell aging may offset the increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and death by managing their heart disease risk factors and adopting more heart-healthy behaviors, researchers said.
The benefit of better heart health may be associated with the positive impact of heart healthy lifestyle factors on biological aging (the age of the body and its cells), according to new research published May 29, 2024 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association. “Our study findings tell us that no matter what your actual age is, better heart-healthy behaviors and managing heart disease risk factors were associated with a younger biological age and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke, death from heart disease and stroke and death from any cause,” said Jiantao Ma, PhD, senior study author and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. The article is titled “Epigenetic Age Mediates the Association of Life's Essential 8 with Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality."
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