35% of respondents have a biological age 21 years or older than their chronological age.
More than 2500 people from around the world completed the quiz. Those receiving the news that they are 21 years or older than their chronological age were in good company – 35% of respondents received this score, making it the most frequent result. Only 10% of respondents were less than 10 years older than their chronological age. We highlight the top three contributors to these poor results.
1. You Do Not Consume Enough Water
57% of respondents reported drinking less than the recommended eight glasses of water per day.
With so many beverage choices such as coffee, juice, and soda, its easy to overlook the most basic (and usually free) beverage: water. Water is vital for allowing your body to flush out toxins, regulate its temperature, and maintain regularity in digestion. Dehydration occurs when water loss exceeds water intake and can lead to feelings of weakness, headaches, and muscle cramps. In its extreme form, dehydration can also inhibit your body from being able to pump blood to your organs. It’s especially important to drink extra water when you are sick, are engaging in strenuous exercise, or living in a high temperature climate. Bonus: Staying properly hydrated can make your skin soft and glowing.
55% experience moderate to extreme stress.
2. You experience too much stress in your personal or professional life
55% of respondents reported experiencing a “moderate amount” to “a lot” of stress in their personal or professional lives.
Some people like to say that they work well under stress, but maybe they shouldn’t be so quick to brag. Stress causes a deterioration of our body – everything becomes affected by the stress we feel daily whether we are able to realise it or not. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to an increased risk of sleep problems, depression, and weakened immune response. Common symptoms of too much stress include headaches, foggy thinking, frequent colds, and general feelings of anxiousness. If ignored for too long, stress symptoms can become more serious and difficult to manage.
3. You consume too much sugar
57% of respondents reported eating foods with added sugar daily, with nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents consuming sugary food or drinks three times per day.
Consuming high amounts of sugar elevates blood sugar levels and can also result in elevated insulin levels. Therefore, a diet that is consistently high in sugar can lead to a myriad of issues including weight gain, dental caries and increased risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes. Since sugar is sometimes added to food we wouldn’t expect to find it, many people underestimate the amount of sugar they consume. Thorbjörg has written about her personal sugar-free journey and resisting the sugary treats in the Copenhagen bakeries.
57% eat added sugar foods every day
For those who have a biological age far older than they would like, don’t fret. Through diet and lifestyle changes, we are able to leave old habits behind and reverse our biological age.
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