We might be going about our age all wrong.
Recent research suggests the answer might lie in our urine. Yes, our urine. A study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience found that a marker for oxidative damage, which occurs more as we age, could be found with a simple urine test.
The new marker may help us determine our biological rather than our chronological age, which can aid in the prediction of age-related disease and contribute to treatments to slow aging.
Perhaps equally important, is how this test might finally align how we feel with our age. In the future, the traditional birthday party may be replaced with an annual age litmus test, where our true age is ceremoniously revealed among family and friends. In fact, you might not even age from one year to the next.
Which might come in handy given another study out of Michigan State University that may finally prove that youth is in fact wasted on the young—not because they don’t appreciate it, but because they think they’re older than they actually are.
Among more than a half-million Americans aged 10 to 89 who participated in the survey on age perceptions, the majority of younger respondents thought that middle age started at 30.