What’s your biological age?

It has always been mankind’s obsession to defy aging. Decades have gone by and the entire world has witnessed how science has made tremendous progress in terms of prolonging life span.

Longevity is futile, however, when you are just lying on the bed, unable to even move a finger. Aging is a natural process. But though physiological changes that come with age are inevitable, there are ways to delay them.

Dr. Jimmy Bautista, Medical and Scientific Affairs lead at Nestle Health Science, stressed during a lecture held at the Manila Diamond Hotel that the human body has two different ages— chronological age and biological age.

“People who optimize their health may have a biological age that is 10 years younger than their chronological age,” says Dr. Bautista. “At the same time, the presence of chronic conditions may accelerate the body’s decline, making us biologically older than our chronological ages.”

How can we achieve a younger biological age then? Two things, according to him: Exercise and nutrition.

“Aging is about being physically and mentally active, becoming independent for as long as possible,” says Dr. Marianna Sioson, Section of Nutrition head at The Medical City. Unfortunately, with aging comes primary sarcopenia or loss of muscle mass. The amount of muscle mass and strength greatly affects the ability to move and work. Have you noticed that older adults have decreased grip strength when shaking hands?

In late adulthood, simple tasks like bathing, sitting on a chair, brushing teeth, and the like are already considered a form of exercise. Sarcopenia hinders them from even performing these mundane tasks. It is vital to provide proper nourishment, specifically proteins with high biologic values like whey, egg, milk, lean meat, and fish. Whey is rich in leucine, which stimulates the synthesis of protein for muscle building.

Malnutrition and frailty seen in late adulthood is a vicious cycle. Contributing factors such as dentures, mouth sores, dry mouth due to decreased production of saliva, dehydration, stomach upset, indigestion, liver problems, loss of appetite, depression, and highly restrictive diets due to medical conditions all lead to malnutrition.

Since the prevalence of developing malnutrition significantly increases as we get older, Dr. Sioson encourages Filipinos to assess their nutrient intake and physical activity to achieve a full life. She emphasized the need to start taking nutritionally complete oral supplements to help the body.

Filipinos often favor indulgence over being healthy, which gives rise to the development of lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases. Simple lifestyle changes like a well-balanced diet with optimized nutrient intake, physical activity, and behavior modification can be the body’s best defenses against diseases.

Nestle Health Science strongly believes that the food we consume is the largest single influence on our health. They came up with a drink that is composed of high quality whey protein and heart-friendly fat blend plus prebiotics and probiotics to balance gut microflora for a healthy digestion.

source: Manila Bulletin