There are two kinds of aging: biological and chronological. They are often confused or lumped together under the general term aging.
Although they are related, they are very different.
Chronological aging is:
- Based on time
- The same for everyone
Biological aging is:
- Based on several factors, some controllable, others not
- Varies from person to person
Chronological aging is straight forward – it refers to how long you have been alive. The formula is the same for everyone: current date minus date of birth equals chronological age. Chronological age is a function of time and obviously we have no control over it. We can’t speed it up, slow it down, or stop it.
Biological aging on the other hand describes the state of your body. Unlike chronological aging, biological aging CAN be sped up, slowed down, or reversed.
When asked to share their view on aging, most peoples responses tend to lump chronological and biological aging together and present a view that aging is an inevitable downhill course. Most people, however, are simply unaware of the recent scientific discoveries about aging.
Studies indicate biological aging is not an inevitable downhill course.
Obviously, a person who has been alive for 85 years will have more wrinkles than a 20 year-old. Of course this is an extreme example, but really, think about it–what do years of life have to do with the biological age of your body? Science tells us not a whole lot.
There is powerful evidence that biological aging and chronological aging are cousins, not twins.
During the Vietnam War, autopsies of solders in their 20’s revealed 50+ year-old bodies. Because of the extreme stress and trauma of war these men had, for one thing, drastically elevated levels of catabolic hormones, literally making them “old”.
Within the last ten years the hormonal revolution has eliminated the traditional ideas about aging. As each new study shows, biological aging is also a symptom of hormonal and growth factor decline.
The good news – hormonal and growth factor decline are not inevitable, so neither is biological aging.
If you have a hard time with the idea of slowing the aging process or even reversing it, you might want to reexamine your view on aging. Science is showing a profound relationship between hormones, growth factors and the aging process.