What increases biological aging more: smoking or factors of psychological health?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 21, 2022

Would you think smoking or loneliness and unhappiness contribute more to accelerated aging?

Study Summary

Research suggests that the latter two may be more impactful when it comes to rate of aging, when compared to smoking.

New research, including nearly 12,000 Chinese adults, found that eight: fearfulness, hopelessness, depression, inability to focus, feelings of unhappiness, feelings of bother, restless sleep and loneliness impact the rate of aging more than smoking cigarettes.

The Hearty Take

Smoking cigarettes does not promote a long and healthy life, but neither does poor psychological health. If you are experiencing any of these psychological factors, we encourage you to work with a health professional. Mental health is a priority!

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