Feeling Young is Good News if You Are Feeling Old!

People who feel older than their chronological age have a considerably higher chance of dying within ten years than age-matched counterparts who feel younger, according to a recent prospective population-based study.[1] This is despite the authors controlling for baseline medical conditions and excluding deaths in the first year to mitigate reverse causality. This is yet another study relating general attitude to health.

— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director


  1. Rippon I, & Steptoe A. Feeling Old vs Being Old: Associations Between Self-perceived Age and Mortality. JAMA Intern Med. 2014. [ePub].

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