Fast metabolism 'speeds up ageing'

Posted on 27 April 2011

Having a fast metabolism could speed up the ageing process in humans, research has indicated.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that people with an elevated metabolic rate are more likely to die at a younger age.

This indicates that a higher energy turnover could be linked to accelerated ageing in humans.

Reiner Jumpertz, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Arizona, explained: "This increased metabolic rate may lead to earlier organ damage (in effect accelerated ageing) possibly by accumulation of toxic substances produced with the increase in energy turnover."

In other news, data from the Office for National Statistics has said that over one-quarter of children currently under the age of 16 will reach their 100th birthday.

Additionally, over 5.4 million people now aged between 17 and 50, as well as 1.4 million aged 51-65 and more than 900,000 over-65s will also achieve the landmark age.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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