The average American believes they reach peak health at age 34 — and old age starts at just 42, research claims
The average American believes they reach peak health at age 34, and old age begins at just 42
- The New York-based poll polled 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 76
- Most believe that health peaks at the age of 34
- But it would take an average of eight more years to start feeling old
They say 40 is the new 20, but most Americans believe they’ve physically hit 34, according to a survey.
And most people start feeling old at just 42 years old.
That’s according to a survey of 2,000 Americans across four different generations – Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers.
Joint pain was considered one of the main warning signs of old age, as well as a slower metabolism and spread in middle age.
Poll of 2,000 Americans found they believe health peaks at age 34 (photo)
Men age FASTER than women – and are biologically ‘Four years older by the time they’re 50’
Men technically age faster than women, according to experts last month.
Anti-aging researchers have found that men in their fifties are biologically four years older than their wives on average.
And the gap already exists among twenty-year-olds, according to the first study of its kind.
The scientists compared the chronological age of thousands of volunteers – how many birthdays they had – with their biological age.
This is done using tests that assess the deterioration of the body based on subtle markers attached to our DNA.
Anna Kankaanpää, PhD researcher and lead author of the study, said: ‘We found that men are biologically older than women of the same chronological age, and the difference is significantly greater in older participants.
‘We observed a gender difference in the rate of aging, which was not explained by lifestyle factors.’
New York pollster OnePoll conducted the survey for a weight loss company called Found, which is based in California.
Participants were interviewed between September 1 and 12 of this year and were from across the United States.
Equal numbers were Gen Z (18 to 25 years old), Millennials (26 to 41), Gen X (42 to 57) and Baby Boomers (58 to 76).
Most said they believe the signs of aging start at 42 – including joint pain, gray hair and a slower metabolism.
Some 15 percent, however, said they noticed signs of aging before their 35th birthday.
Most also said they believed age 34 was when they expected to be at their peak physical and mental fitness.
In addition, one in five participants said they were happiest in their 20s and 30s.
Dr Rekha Kumar, chief medical officer at Found, said: ‘While aging is inevitable, making healthy changes to your lifestyle are preventative care measures that can help alleviate age-related problems such as weight gain and chronic conditions.
‘In the past 100 years, we have almost doubled life expectancy, so it is crucial to be proactive in extending our health lifespan as well as our life expectancy.’
She added: ‘Programs that include guidance not only to help people manage their weight, but also to improve overall lifestyle habits, such as better sleep, daily exercise or looking after their mental health, can help people maintain their health as they age. ‘
Life expectancy in America has been rising for decades and peaked at 76 years for men and 80 years for women in 2019.
But amid the Covid pandemic and the strain on health systems, it has fallen as men born in 2021 are now expected to live for 73 years and women for 79 years.
Aging is a natural process that affects all people and living things.
This is caused by the gradual accumulation of cell damage over time and the deterioration of their function.
These changes are slow at first, but begin to accelerate in later years.
Muscle mass increases in the mid-twenties, but then begins to decline.
Skeletal mass also increases until age 30, before it begins to decline first around the pelvis and spine and finally in the fingers and toes.
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