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Biological Aging in Young Adults - Can it be measured? Does it matter?

Typically, research on aging is done in older people. The problem with studying aging in old people is that most of them already have age-related diseases, which anti-aging interventions aim to prevent. 
 
Age-related changes in the body start to accumulate early in life and affect physiological function years before disease diagnosis; atherosclerosis is a prime example.[1] Thus, intervention to reverse or delay the development of age-related diseases must be done while people are still young [2], before aging-related diseases become established. 
 
Up to this point, the main obstacle to studying aging before old age and before the onset of age-related diseases has been the absence of methods to quantify the pace of aging (i.e. aging rate) in young people. However, a recent study shows that aging processes can be measured in people still young enough for prevention of age-related disease, and that physical manifestations of aging are already present in young adults.[3]
 
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