dna clock

Sometimes being aware isn’t the best option. In cases of knowing your lifespan, this could prove to be true. Scientists have found a way to detect the human lifespan by monitoring one’s DNA ‘clock’, and present health and lifestyles do not matter. Your death may be written in stone, according to two important factors.

Want to know how long you will live?

If you really want to know the length of your lifespan, you can find two indicators within your DNA. Your biological age and your real age can provide useful information pertaining to longevity. By comparing these two factors, scientists have concluded that, if your biological age is greater than your real age, you will have a shorter life than those where both factors line up.

This was proven across four studies involving 5,000 test subjects. By following these subjects, who were all over 50, the comparison was proven to be accurate. For a better understanding of the results, you can look at it this way: If the biological age is five years older than real age, you can expect a 16 percent increase in your mortality rate. That’s not very positive, but you get the point.

These studies were conducted at the University of Edinburg in Scotland and the results were published in the Journal Genome Biology.

Now What?

Since there is a fairly conclusive way to detect mortality rate, what shall we do? Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to improve these results. Finding a way to cheat within these factors would mean a longer lifespan, obviously. There is not, however, any miracle implementations of changes between DNA methylation age and chronological age results. Methylation is a chemical modification that occurs in the DNA and is measured by blood markers.  This modification does not change the sequence of DNA but it does govern whether or not genes are active. Active genes leave imprints on the biological framework.



Is there any room for improvement?

The only way to crack the code for longer living is to take a look at what ages your biological clock. These factors can vary from person to person and can be either genetic or the result of lifestyle choices.

“As of now, we have little information about lifestyle or genetic factors that fuel biological aging,” Riccardo Marioni, epidemiologist from the University of Edinburg, said in a recent press release.

The best way to look at this information would be to keep a healthy life and outlook for best results. Regardless of the factors that weigh heavily upon your life, there is always hope.

Do you wish to know how long you will live? Since science has contributed lifespan to comparison of the biological clock and real age, maybe ignorance is a much better choice. It’s all how you look at it!



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Sherrie is a freelance writer and artist with over 10 years of experience. She spends most of her time giving life to the renegade thoughts. As the words erupt and form new life, she knows that she is yet again free from the nagging persistence of her muse. She is a mother of three and a lifetime fan of the thought-provoking and questionable aspects of the universe.