The average American thinks he’s at his peak of health at 34 – and old age starts at just 42, survey finds

The average American thinks he reached his peak of health at 34 – and old age begins at just 42

  • A New York-based pollster interviewed 2,000 people aged 18 to 76
  • Majority thought health peaked at age 34, it found
  • But it would take another eight years on average to start feeling old

They say 40 is the new 20 – but most Americans think they peaked at 34, according to a poll.

And the majority of people start feeling old at just 42.

That’s according to a survey of 2,000 Americans from four different generations – Gen Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers.

Joint pain was seen as one of the main warning signs of old age, along with a slower metabolism and spread in middle age.

A poll of 2,000 Americans found they thought their health peaked at age 34 (file photo)

A poll of 2,000 Americans found they thought their health peaked at age 34 (file photo)

Men age FASTER than women – and they’re biologically ‘FOUR years older at 50’

Men technically age faster than women, experts claimed last month.

Anti-aging researchers have found that men in their 50s are biologically four years older than their female counterparts, on average.

And the gap already exists in your twenties, according to the first study of its kind.

Scientists compared the chronological age of thousands of volunteers – the number of birthdays they had – to their biological age.

This was done using tests that estimate body decline based on subtle markers attached to our DNA.

Anna Kankaanpää, PhD student and lead author of the study, said: “We found that men are biologically older than women of the same chronological age, and the difference is significantly greater in older participants.

“We observed a gender difference in the rate of aging, which was not explained by lifestyle factors.”

New York pollster OnePoll conducted the survey for California-based weight loss company Found.

The participants were interviewed between September 1 and September 12 of this year and came from all over the United States.

An equal number were Gen Z (18 to 25), Gen Y (26 to 41), Gen X (42 to 57) and Baby Boomers (58 to 76).

The majority said they believed the signs of aging were hitting at age 42, including joint pain, gray hair and a slowed metabolism.

However, some 15% said they noticed signs of aging before their 35th birthday.

A majority also said they thought turning 34 was when they expected to be at their peak physically and mentally.

Additionally, one in five participants said they were happiest between the ages of 20 and 30.

Dr Rekha Kumar, Found’s Chief Medical Officer, said: “While aging is inevitable, making healthy changes to your lifestyle are preventative care measures that can help alleviate age-related issues like weight gain and chronic disease.

“In the past 100 years, we’ve almost doubled life expectancy, so it’s crucial to be proactive about extending our lifespan as well as our lifespan.”

She added: “Programs that incorporate advice not only to help people manage their weight, but also to improve their overall lifestyle habits, such as improving sleep, daily movement or managing their health mental health, can help people maintain their health as they age.”

American life expectancy has been rising for decades and peaked at 76 for men and 80 for women in 2019.

But amid the Covid pandemic and the strain on health systems, it has plunged, with men born in 2021 now expected to live to 73 and women 79.

Aging is a natural process that affects all humans and living things.

It is caused by the gradual accumulation of damage to cells over time and the deterioration of their function.

These changes are initially slow, but begin to accelerate over the following years.

Muscle mass increases in your mid-twenties, but then begins to decline.

Skeletal mass also increases until the age of 30, before it also begins to decrease first around the pelvis and spine and finally in the fingers and toes.


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