How does chronic stress impact disease and aging? This study assessed whether resilience factors impact stress-related acceleration of aging.
A Yale study assessing the biological age of 444 participants using a tool called GrimAge, found that:
- Accelerated biological aging was associated with a greater amount of cumulative stress and poor measures of physiological stress, including adrenal sensitivity and insulin resistance.
- Greater emotional regulation protected from stress-related aging.
- Greater self-control improved stress-related insulin resistance.
The Hearty Take
Those who have greater emotional regulation and self-control appear to have protection from stress-related acceleration of biological aging. At Hearty, we believe that practicing emotional regulation and self-control may be a way to intervene. We recommend starting a meditation or mindfulness practice.