Proof That You're As Old As You Feel

July 5, 2018

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They say you're only as old as you feel. Now, new research suggests that there may be some truth to the expression, finding that those who feel younger than their age actually do show fewer signs of brain aging. The study reviewed brains cans of those in their golden years and then had them fill out a survey which assessed their cognitive abilities and perceptions of their overall health and asked whether they felt older or younger than their age. The results showed that participants who felt younger than their age were more likely to score higher on a memory test, reported better health and were less likely to report symptoms of depression. In addition, those who felt younger than their age also showed increased gray matter volume in key brain regions. The study is the first to find a link between subjective age and brain aging, with researchers saying those who feel older may be able to feel the aging process in their brain, as their loss of gray matter may make cognitive tasks more challenging.

SOURCE: CTV News

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