Belsky says test to predict the pace of biological aging isn't ready for market

Belsky says test to predict the pace of biological aging isn't ready for market

NIA Aging Centers News Reference

"Aging Tests Yield Varying Results" - Science Newsline. 11/16/2017.

In 2015, Duke's Daniel Belsky and colleagues used data from the life-long Dunedin, NZ study to develop 18 measures of biological aging for participants who were age 38 at the time. Their results were published in PNAS. In an expanded study published this week in AJE, Belsky et al. have found some disagreement about whether these measures all point in the same direction. Belsky says having measures of biological aging is important: “People age at different rates and geriatric medicine needs a way to measure that." But when measuring many different physiological indicators - from genes to blood markers to balance and grip strength - “you see a lot of disagreement.”

Researcher Profiles:
Daniel Belsky (Duke)
Terrie E. Moffitt (Duke)
Morgan E. Levine (USC/UCLA)
Avshalom Caspi (Duke)

More Information:

2015 PNAS article

2017 AJE article

Additional Media Coverage:

Futurity. These tests can’t really say how fast you’re aging. 11/16/2017.

Gears of Biz. Aging tests disagree with one another. 11/17/2017.

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