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Young at heart ‘have longer lives’

This month Jelf’s healthcare specialists provide some insight, developed by AXA PPP Healthcare*, into research that suggests that those people who are young at heart ‘have longer lives’.

Researchers monitored figures from a study that followed a group of 6,489 of participants for more than eight years.

The team, from University College London, showed that people who felt younger than their actual age were significantly less likely to die early than those who felt older than their age.

Beginning by asking participants, who had an average age of 65.8, how old they felt, most indicated that their self-perceived age was lower than the actual figure.

However, there was still a significant number of people who responded by saying they felt old for their age.

Over the 99-month follow-up period, 14.3% of participants who felt younger than their actual age died compared with 18.5% of those who felt their actual age and 24.6% of individuals who felt old for their age.

The research showed a strong association between self-perceived age and cardiovascular, or heart and artery, health.

However, there was no similar link between self-perceived age and death from cancer.

Publishing their finding in the Jama Internal Medicine journal, Isla Rippon and Andrew Steptoe suggested intervening with positive health messages may be able to make a difference to how old people feel.

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*This information is taken from the following AXA PPP Healthcare article: https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/health-information/ageing-well/news/young-at-heart-have-longer-lives/ Copyright Press Association 2014

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