While we know aging is an inevitable part of life, there are still a lot of unknowns about how we age. One of those unknowns being, why do people age differently? Whether it be looks, physical abilities, or health statuses, everyone’s experience of growing older is not the same. This discrepancy is exactly what one group of researchers sought out to answer.
The insight found during this research has shed some light on the aging process. It may even be the key to understanding how to live longer. Here’s a rundown of what we learned from this study and how it could influence the way we look at aging.
How People Age Differently
Gray hair, aching bones, and wrinkly skin are stereotypical traits most people expect to experience as they age. But all of us will do it at different times and rates, regardless of our chronological age. Why is that?
A team from the Stanford University School of Medicine decided to look into what exactly happens to individuals as they age. They gathered samples over a long period of time to see the patterns people experience on a molecular level. This allowed them to learn the differences in the way we age and at the rate we age.