Aging is a natural part of life, but what if we could slow down its effects on our bodies? Imagine being able to gauge how well we are aging and assess if our biological age aligns with our chronological age. By comparing ourselves to others in the same age group, we can learn more about our own health.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss eight anti-aging blood tests that can help determine your body’s rate of aging and reveal how these biomarkers are indicative of your biological age. While more advanced tests exist, these basic tests can provide valuable insights into your overall health and wellness.
As we age, our cells become more insulin resistant, which can lead to metabolic disorders. Lower insulin levels (ideally under 6 uIU/mL) are indicative of a younger biological age, as they suggest better insulin sensitivity and a reduced risk of age-related metabolic issues.
This test measures chronic systemic inflammation, which plays a significant role in atherosclerosis, a condition that worsens with age. Lower hs-CRP levels (preferably under 2 mg/L) indicate a younger biological age, as they suggest a reduced risk of age-related inflammation and cardiovascular issues.
HbA1C tests assess blood sugar control and glycation, both of which tend to worsen as we age. Lower HbA1C levels (ideally below 5.5) suggest a younger biological age, as they indicate better blood sugar control and reduced age-related glycation damage to body tissues.
IGF1 is essential for DNA repair and healing, and its levels typically decrease as we age. Maintaining IGF1 levels between 120 and 160 ng/mL is indicative of a younger biological age, as it suggests a better ability to repair cellular damage and maintain overall tissue health.
Chronically elevated IL-6 levels are associated with aging and may indicate an inflammatory condition. Maintaining IL-6 levels of 5 or lower suggests a younger biological age, as it indicates a reduced risk of age-related systemic inflammation.
Cystatin C levels can be indicative of kidney function, which tends to decline with age. Keeping cystatin C levels under 4 mg/l suggests a younger biological age and optimal kidney health, as it indicates proper kidney function and filtration.
Elevated NT-proBNP levels are often associated with age-related cardiac disorders. Maintaining NT-proBNP levels below 125 pg/mL is indicative of a younger biological age, as it suggests a reduced risk of developing age-related cardiovascular issues.
Apolipoprotein B/A1 Ratio
This ratio is a stronger predictor of cardiovascular disease than HDL and LDL cholesterol. A ratio of less than 0.8 suggests a younger biological age, as it indicates a reduced risk of developing age-related cardiovascular disease.
Understanding these eight essential biomarkers can provide valuable insights into your biological age and overall health. By monitoring these markers and making necessary lifestyle changes, you can take control of your health and age gracefully. If you’re interested in learning more about anti-aging blood tests and the steps you can take to improve your biomarkers, visit our wellness clinic at BesoWB.