Looking Younger Than Your Age

Why some people look younger than their age 

I’ve always believed that there are benefits to be gained from starting an ‘anti-aging’ diet or ‘programme’ from an early age. I wouldn’t recommend calorie restriction before age 20, but eating healthily from a young age is important. It never made sense to me to start eating healthily and looking after yourself when the damage has already accumulated and is visible on the outside.

It’s often thought that the appearance reflects what is going on inside the body – so if someone looks quite healthy on the outside, there’s a good chance that the person is healthy on the inside as well. This, of course, may not always be true, but more often than not, it probably is a good indicator of health and perhaps even how long a person might have left.

In a recent study researchers took about 1000 people and looked at their biological age over a period of 12 years – starting from age 26 – and tracked changes in 18 biomarkers across chronological ages: 26 years, 32 years, and 38 years to determine the pace of aging among the individuals.

They looked at their metabolism, mental abilities, telomeres, and others biomarkers associated with organ function, and found that most people’s biological age-matched closely with their chronological age, but a few aged more slowly (or not at all), while others aged much faster than normal.

As you can see, most people’s biological age closely matched their chronological age (38), but there were a few outliers.

biological age
Quantification of biological aging in young adults http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/07/01/1506264112

What’s more is that their internal health as measured by these tests reflected how old they looked on the outside. People who had younger biological health also appeared to look much younger than their age. And those who had worse results tended to look older than their chronological age. That in itself shouldn’t be much of a surprise, actually. But then again, seeing such dramatic differences even at a young age does show us that we need to take action early in life to have the biggest impact on staying young.

It’s assumed that we are optimized and functioning at peak performance in being able to deal with the day-to-day damage when we are young, and that lifestyle choice wouldn’t really affect the rate of aging all that much, but this is wrong.

Although the body can tolerate a lot at say, 25, it’s by no means immune from the damaging effects of bad lifestyle choices; whether it be junk food, smoking, too much alcohol, lack of sleep or whatever. The study also suggests that there might be room for improvement and that we can make our cells and body more resistant to damage even in our 20s and see dramatic results if we maintain a good lifestyle.

As we get older, the risk of disease grows exponentially and we notice the effects of aging come more rapidly, especially after the age of 60. It could be argued that the greatest impact from the diet would only apply at middle age, but the study above refutes that idea. Anecdotally I can say that I know people who have looked after themselves when they were younger and are now benefiting from it.

They look young and are generally much healthier than most people for their age. Starting a healthy lifestyle early in life means you get to enjoy more of your youthful period of life and also extend middle age period too.

Inspiration from people who are looking younger than their age

I know of two people who are really impressive when it comes to looking younger: Masako Mizutani who is now around 47 years old and looks in her late 20s to 30; and also my friend Paul who is 46.5 years old but still genuinely looks around 25 years old. It’s incredible… and hard to believe! But they look amazing. And I know that it’s not all about how young a person looks, but it does help, because it reinforces and validates the healthy choices you’ve been making.

Do you know anyone who looks very young for their age? And do you think your diet has slowed down aging for you?

People age at wildly different rates, study finds (CBS MORNING SHOW)

 

Have you been on a healthy diet for a long time? if so, do people say you look younger than your age?

I’m really interested in hearing from people who’ve been eating either a raw food diet, on calorie restriction, or maybe just eating healthily for decades, and hearing if they get comments from people saying they look younger than their age. Sometimes it can be genetic, but I really believe that people who live healthy lifestyles can sometimes look decades younger, and it’s not always down to genes.

If you want to know what foods can improve your skin and slow the appearance of aging, read How To Look Younger

Also, check out my article on using skin serums to help slow down skin aging and Review of two vitamin c serums

30 Years Old – Picture Update

30 Years Old – Picture Update

I haven’t done a picture update in quite a while, and since I was in the mood today, I took a few pictures! I’ll be 30 years old in just 10 days – and about 12 years into my anti-aging diet and skincare regimen.

The effects of Calorie Restriction on aging are not only observed internally and with the various health improvements we see in our blood tests, but calorie restriction can also keep you looking younger for longer too!

See my other post on How To Look Younger

 

 

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A picture update: 27 years 6 months old

A picture update after my visit to California. As you can see, not much of a tan! Even though it was quite hot this winter. (I don’t want a tan by the way). I can’t say that my diet was perfect while I was away in LA visiting my girlfriend. Maybe 70-80% of what I ate was very healthy and the rest not so healthy, but not bad either! Just not what I would normally eat. I had some cookies here and there and stuff but these were oatmeal. I knew it wouldn’t continue when I got back home. I just relaxed so much for the first time in many years doing CR. I never counted calories at all either, and I gained ZERO weight. I came back home the exact same weight even though I ate junk food most days in addition to my normal healthy diet.

Age Reversal With A CR Diet

Is it possible? Yes I absolutely think so. I found this photo that I forgot about, because well quite frankly I didn’t like how I looked in it so didn’t need reminding. What is interesting is that most people think I look younger now at almost age 24, than I did when I was 19 years of age. Another reason to go on CR, you can look so much younger and get quick results.

You’ll age more slowly than your peers as the years go by. I have other photos if I can find them and I look younger now than I did even when I was 17.

Did you know that SIRT1 blocks NF Kappa B activation? Which is involved in inflammation… Calorie Restriction up-regulates SIRT1, and probably reverses aging of the skin. Here is a bbc news article explaining what happened when they blocked NFKappaB in skin

Of course, using antioxidant, vitamin c serums and sunscreen is also very important if you want to stay young-looking for a long time.

 

By blocking the protein in older mice for two weeks, they found the skin was thicker and more cells appeared to be dividing, much like the skin of a younger mouse.

 

Skin age reversal in mice

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Mprize and other stuff

At the moment I am talking to a lot of my family and friends about life extension. Soon I’ll ask if they can contribute anything at all to the mprize. If I manage to get the money, whatever it amounts to, I will be sending it off to the Mprize on Christmas. And hopefully, I’ll also be making a big donation too.

This Christmas please consider donating to the MPRIZE because calorie restriction might only give just a couple decades of extra life.

One of my main reasons for doing calorie restriction is because I want to live a long time and I think that CR is the best way to allow me to reach a time when medicine is able to reverse aging.

I’m pretty confident that I will make it because I am young enough, but there are many out there who haven’t discovered CR yet, or might have only started when they were middle-aged. Unfortunately, the later you leave it, the less benefit you’ll get from going on a CR diet. I guess I was quite lucky to have discovered it at such a young age and been able to transition to the diet easily.

We have a lot of optimistic people that are projecting major advances in technology to allow us to live a long time, but it’s not so clear that most of the older generation will ever have a chance in making this biotech revolution if things do not get moving as fast as we would like.

We know that human lifespan can vary by a significant amount, take Jean Calment for example, she lived to 122! Isn’t that crazy? Imagine living that long, all the things that you’d see in your lifetime. It would be incredible.

And that is around 40 years more than the average person lived to when she died in the late 1990’s. So we know it is possible to reach this age, and CR gives us the best possible chance of making it to 120 and beyond. I really believe that CR will work very well in humans.

There are still many doubters in the scientific community, but wasn’t that also true when adult-onset CR didn’t work in rodents for many years until it was done properly? It’s difficult to care for animals and many different things can affect an animal’s lifespan.

We only have theories and mathematical models of why CR won’t work in humans, and that’s all they are right now. On our side we have overwhelming evidence that CR has a high probability of working for us, just wait until we have long-term CRers reaching 50-80 years old and looking young and healthy 🙂

CR’s anti-aging effects are already becoming apparent in monkeys at UW. The picture published a while ago shows that the CR Rhesus monkey’s look years younger and even their health is far better than ad lib monkeys. And we also have a rhesus monkey study being conducted at the NIA, where they are doing a more strict CR protocol, but without any intervention to treat diseases.

We’ll see lots of clues of CR’s anti-aging on humans well before we start reaching 100 when lots of us are looking and feeling unusually young for our age after doing CR for an extended period of time.

We also have some very interest results from the studies on calorie restriction which were done at WUSTL by Dr Fontana.

All in all, I’m very hopeful that CR will translate to humans and I’m very happy to be part of the CR community and among those who are striving for a longer life. But MPRIZE and other efforts to bring about longevity research is so important. Yes CR will give us a few extra years, but in the end we need real rejuvenation therapies.