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How to Stay Young

Experts from Newcastle University will be revealing the shocking differences between people’s body age and their actual age in the BBC 1 series ‘How to Stay Young’.

Our lifestyles affect how we age and many of us are ageing too fast and have a body age much higher than it should be.

Dr Chris van Tulleken and Angela Rippon join some of the country’s leading health experts at Newcastle University to turn around the lives of people whose bodies are much older than their actual age.

Using the latest scientific research on ageing, the expert team try to help volunteers by giving them a complete lifestyle overhaul that will bring their body age closer to their birth age in just 12 weeks.

How to Stay Young is on BBC 1, 9pm on Wednesday 13th, 20th and 27th of September.

Anti-ageing lab

Working alongside the Institute for Ageing at Newcastle University the BBC built the ambitious anti-ageing lab, where they will be testing some the country’s worst offenders to get the most complete picture of how they are ageing. The results from these tests will provide their real body age, and allow them to put together a personal plan.

Professor Mike Trenell from Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing who designed and oversaw the testing said: “It was great to have members of the general public come into the lab to have their body age calculated. However, what we found was a real wake up call for them and us. The great news is that as poor lifestyle choices age people, good choices about physical activity, diet and sleep can fight the ageing progress - some cut more than a decade off their body age."

He was joined in the anti-ageing lab by Newcastle University Professors Paula Moynihan, Lynn Rochester and Daniel Collerton covering diet, movement and brain function issues with the volunteers.

The volunteers were also supported by Changing Health, a spin-out from Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which provides digital education and personalised coaching based on scientific evidence from Professor Mike Trenell’s research. Using these digital tools and working with a coach, people improve their lifestyle, centred around diet and physical activity, leading to weight loss and better health outcomes.

For the full article please visit the Newcastle University webpage.

Published on 8th September 2017


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