If you were able to learn exactly how fast you’re aging, would you want to know the answer? Scientists are learning more about how our date of birth isn’t the only way to determine the stage of life we’re in. So much research has been done that you can now get an idea of what your biological age is using something called epigenetics.
So, what exactly is epigenetics? And how can they tell us whether we’re going to age well? Here’s a rundown of what you need to know. Plus, some tips on how you can better your chances of aging gracefully and healthily.
What Is Epigenetics?
Before diving into the nitty gritty of aging, you’ll need to know what epigenetic markers are. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says “epigenetics is the study of how your behavior and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work.”
There’s also something called gene expression, which refers to how often or when proteins are created from the instructions within your genes. Epigenetics can turn certain genes “on” and “off”, thus playing a role in your overall health and aging process.