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Is 30 the new 45?

Study finds that today's young adults are aging faster than adults of previous generations.

By Susannah Bradley Apr 22, 2013 3:47PM

Thanks to wrinkle-erasing Botox, bleach concoctions that restore teeth to their youthful pearliness and dermal fillers that buoy sagging skin, our youth-obsessed culture has embraced the idea that 40 is the new 30.

But while cosmetic and pharmaceutical advances have made it easier for us to lie convincingly about our age, new research suggests that collectively we're aging faster -- not slower -- than previous generations.

A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that, on average, adults today are 15 years 'older' than previous generations at the same age. Thanks to diets high in salt, sugar and fat, along with poor exercise habits, adults today are in worse health and are more likely to suffer from metabolic disorders, including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Over a period of 25 years, the study authors tracked 6,000 people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. The purpose of the study was to determine whether one generation had a different risk profile from the one born 10 years earlier. The researchers determined that men now in their 30s are 20 percent more likely to be overweight than 30-something men in previous generations were and that women in their 20s are twice as likely to be obese as 20-something women were 10 years ago.

While the incidence of metabolic disorders increased with age across the board, the fact that today's adults are suffering from these conditions at an earlier age means that they'll spend a greater percentage of their lives being sick. It isn't yet known whether the earlier onset of diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure will ultimately lead to reduced life expectancy (currently 78.49 years in the United States), but it doesn't seem impossible.

So, what can you do to avoid being 30 on the outside and old beyond your years inside? The study researchers stress the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight through increased physical activity and a balanced diet.

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Apr 29, 2013 2:19PM
As much as some of the commenters want to blow of this report, this was a significant long-term scientific study reported in a peer reviewed international journal. Facts are facts and my observations tend to support the findings. Younger people tend to be less physically active, are heavier, have less healthy diets  and live more stressful lives than the generations that proceeded them.
Apr 29, 2013 3:55PM

What the article didn't address is how much the newer generations are dumber than previous. Just listen to some of the responses to this article.. The ****es don't even know about biological time vs chronological time. You can't tell them anything. They have it all figured out. I'm 56 and I look younger than a lot of the 30 somethings in my workplace. When they as me how I look so young, I tell them what I eat. They go "Naw man. That's just genes." I just tell them,"Listen, baby. Good genes are nothing more than an automobile that can take you to the river. If you want to cross the river, YOU have to do the swimming. Stop eating, drinking and smoking that crap and wise up."

Apr 29, 2013 3:19PM
An article advocating a healthy diet and moderate exercise?  That will never fly in America today.  All we want is a pill that will allow us eat more crap, play more X-box, and generally spend more time on the couch... and have ripped abs....

Apr 29, 2013 9:46AM
the new black is pink the new green is blue  no you retards lol black is black green is green 30 is 30 and freaking 40 is still and always 40. i'm 46 with a replaced hip i intend to get under 19 mins in 5 k runs this summer i'm not "30" inside i'm 46 inside who ever came up with the term such and such is the new anything is a joke .
Apr 29, 2013 5:18PM
I noticed many young people look like hell. It's stress surrounding the lack of money, bad diet, drug use, and a hopeless feeling over an uncertain future with a general belief that civilization as we still know it is about to collapse. It seems apparent there wasn't no plan for them to live long and prosper. 
Apr 29, 2013 1:28PM
60 is the new 40 but 30 is the new 45.

Are "journalists" that hard up for "stories" that they have to do this crap?
Apr 29, 2013 12:27PM

"Life is short"



Wrong! it's the longest thing you'll ever do!

Apr 29, 2013 4:11PM
I noticed that too.  It seems that young people today just look older and more tired now.  Maybe its the tattoos.
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