Here’s a piece of good news for those who feel and believe themselves to be younger than their biological age.
According to a new study conducted by British researchers, people who find themselves “young at heart” are expected to live their lives for longer duration.
Researchers Andrew Steptoe and Isla Rippon, both from the University College London’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, studied the link between mortality and self-perceived age by analyzing the data gathered from a study based on aging that examined more than 6,400 men and women.
During the study, the researchers found that an impressive 69.6 percent of the participants felt themselves three years or more younger than their biological age. While 25.6 percent participants said that they felt their actual biological age. On the other hand, about five percent of the participants felt themselves older than their true age.
The researchers also found that the death events in the participants who felt younger than their actual age was lower as compared to those who felt their actual age or find themselves older over the course of eight years.
During this follow-up period, 24.6 percent of the participants finding themselves older than their age died. The incidence was 18.5 percent in those participants who felt their actual age, but only 14.3 percent in the participants feeling themselves younger.
“Self-perceived age has the potential to change, so interventions may be possible. Individuals who feel older than their actual age could be targeted with health messages promoting positive health behaviors and attitudes toward ageing,” the researchers wrote in their work.
The new study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine on December 15.