Feeling older than your real age could cause you major health issues 30



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They say age is just a number, but new research has revealed there is more to it than previously thought.

A study published by the American Psychological Association has found that people who feel older than they actually are are at a greater risk of being hospitalised than those who feel like their true age or younger.

Despite previous thinking – that age, medical history, gender and race were the main influencers on your health – the study found that how a person feels about their age can have a major impact on their health and their risk of hospitalization.

The study was conducted between 1995 and 2013 and look at people between the ages of 24 to 102. It took into account their age, race, gender and medical background as well as whether or not the participant felt like they were older than they actually were.

The results found overwhelmingly that people who felt older than their true age had a 10 to 25 per cent increased change of being hospitalized over the next two to 10 years.

“How old you feel matters. Previous research has shown it can affect your well-being and other health-related factors and, now we know it can predict your likelihood of ending up in the hospital,” said the study’s lead author, Yannick Stephan, PhD, of the University of Montpellier in France.

The results have surprised many health professionals and have doctors looking at ways to encourage people to have a more positive outlook on their age and health.

Dr Stephan says one of the best ways to kickstart a new outlook and decrease your chances of ending up in hospital is to get your body moving.

“People who feel older may benefit from standard health treatments – for example through physical activity and exercise programs, which may reduce their risk of depression and chronic disease, and ultimately their hospitalization risk.”

Will this research make you think differently about your age?

Do you feel older than you actually are? What do you do to stay healthy?

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  1. It’s hard work to take on old age and you have to keep working at it,to keep the mind and body in tune. Some days I’m in so much pain I groan and want to just curl up,but if I did that,I know I’d put myself on the slippery slope down hill.

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  2. That is were it is important too have interests and laughter if you spend too much time thinking about yourself and worried about everything you will age more.

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    • I agree totally. People who are unhappy or lonely often concentrate on themselves and each little ache becomes something major.

  3. George Burns the actor a long time ago said “you are only as old as the ones you feel.so carry on with the younger ones.

  4. I did not feel older than my real age until I had quite worrying symptoms of old age then I was diognosed with brain cancer. This insidious disease has slowed me down physically but not mentally. 😀 I had six weeks worth of radiation in three weeks which flattened me physically but not my spirit. So far so good with the cancer and I am on three monthly MRI checkups. The tumour is still there as it’s too large and deep to remove. The surgeon just removed a sample for biopsy. I wake up every day with a smile on my face simply because I woke up. 😀

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    • Marg, I know the feeling. I was diagnosed with lung cancer just before Christmas, I wondered what had hit me. I am having bouts of chemo now but am still mentally young. My cancer is too large to remove but they hope to shrink it & keep it under control.I too wake up each morning with a smile onmy face.

  5. Mike here-some days, getting fewer, I wake up feeling I could bust a condom, other days, like Marg, I wake up with a smile because I’ve woken up.

  6. Use it or lose it is my motto. It can be difficult some days when the arthritis is playing up though

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