Ask yourself this secret question that each of us never let others find out the answer to: “How old am I?” The question sounds silly and straightforward to ask yourself but the response determines your survival capacity. Probing into one’s age is never liked by the female gender whose worst fears are those comments that tag them as ‘aged’ or ‘beyond the youthful stage’. As I have discussed earlier too, age is just a number and chronological age is simply for the records and for official birthday parties. Its your physiological age (a measure of how well your body is functioning relative to your age based on various factors such as diet, lifestyle and exercise) that plays a primary role in deciding your quality of life on this Earth.
Ageing without Foraging for Staying Young Forever
None can predict death but one can always list down his/her risk of death depending on his/her age. Even the most ignorant person is well-aware of the fact that greater the age greater is the risk of dying. If someone wants to predict their lifespan more precisely physiological age is the go-to factor that exists as a better predictor. The physiological age of youngsters and middle-aged people these days are becoming worse than those belonging to yesteryears-these populations complain of different aches and pains right from knee and joints to shoulder and neck. They feel tired frequently and lack the energy to foray into different things simultaneously. Their body doesn’t permit them to work, clean the household and cook simultaneously. Neither do they have time to exercise. Appointing cooks, buying food from outside and sending kids to tuition remains the top-priority choices. Such lack of activity and an inactive lifestyle plays a toll on the person’s health increasing his/her physiological age though the chronological age might be lower than it.
Researchers have come up with a formula to calculate physiological age/their exercising intensity called as A-BEST (Age Based on Exercise Stress Testing). The formula is based on exercise capacity, heart’s response to exercise and recovery of heart rate post-exercise. Figuring out one’s physiological age depending on this formula is of great help here as individuals are motivated to exercise more once they are briefed about their physiological age. Such improved physical activity levels mean better survival rates. When a 30-year old guy gets an A-BEST score of 43 its an alarm sign and a wake-up call to take some action immediately to avoid cutting short on the lifespan. Its high time to start exercising and eating a nutritious diet. For your personalized diet plans you can get in touch with nutritionists/dietitians at www.firsteatright.com. Whereas, when a 70-year old person gets an A-BEST score of 60 he/she definitely has higher chances of living a longer life compared to his/her peers.
Figuring out the Scores
The research team that laid its hands on the formula included more than 1,25,000 people in their study between 1991 and 2015 for their exercise stress test that included walking on the treadmill whose intensity and difficulty levels gets difficult progressively. Measures used to calculate A-BEST-exercise capacity, heart rate response to exercise and heart rate recovery were all noted down besides knowing the individual’s gender and use of any medications that might affect heart rate. Almost more than 50% of the participants between the ages of 50 and 60 showed physiologically younger age scores that were derived from the formula. After almost 9 years of follow-up around 9,900 (8%) participants had died and each of their A-BEST scores did indicate earlier mortality rates.
The formula proves itself to be worthy of judging a person’s risk of death even after adjusting for sex, body mass index, diabetes, statin use, hypertension and kidney disease. Predicting your lifespan depending on your exercise engagement and activity practice is a great way to motivate an individual to exercise and stay active. This predictor seems to be of more help in certain domains such as heart health where factors such as smoking, high BP and cholesterol levels exist as determining risk factors for any cardiovascular problems.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.