Certain people are prone to growing older three times faster than their ages suggest, according to a new study.

Others with “evergreen genes”, or subject to certain environmental influences, appeared to barely grow old at all, the US study claims.

Using 18 different measures, scientists at Duke University in North Carolina were able to determine the speed at which a person is ageing.

It found a group of 38-year-old participants to have biological ages ranging from 28 to 61.

Most studies of ageing look at seniors, but if we want to be able to prevent age-related disease, we’re going to have to start studying ageing in young people.

As we get older, our risk grows for all kinds of different diseases. To prevent multiple diseases simultaneously, ageing itself has to be the target.

  • Dr Dan Belsky, Duke University Centre for Ageing
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