Chronological vs Biological Age Part 2


Our chronological age refers to our actual age whereas our biological age is dependent on the health of our cells and our DNA.  

We can do little about our chronological age, but we can do a lot to influence our biological age – both for and against it. Our chronological age increases at the same rate for everyone, but our biological age can be considerably different. Research shows that most people will have at least two chronic diseases by the age of 60! Reducing our biological age improves our health and lifespan as well as our quality of life in our older years.

Studies have been done on communities living in 5 different areas in the world known as the “Blue Zones” which show that lifestyle factors are key to longevity. People living in the Blue Zones often live to 100 years old or more.

What these people seem to have in common are the following factors:

They move naturally

Exercise forms part of their daily lives and they actively participate in housework, gardening, and physical activity. Many will ride a bicycle or walk rather than taking a car or other form of transport.

They have purpose

Everyone is committed to a higher purpose, goal or ideal.

They manage stress well

Whether it is prayer, naps, tribal celebrations, or social celebrations, they all have specific ways to de-stress.

They have their last meal of the day early

Most of these communities manage to eat their biggest meal in the middle of the day and then only have a light meal in the early evening. They don’t snack or eat anything again until morning.

They have a high plant and legume intake

Meat is seldom eaten. Rather, their diets are made up of plenty of fresh vegetables and legumes.

They enjoy their wine

But only in moderation and in a social context.

Spirituality is important

Having faith and being part of a faith community can also play a role in longevity.

They have strong family connections

Several generations may live together or in close proximity to one another and maintaining close family relationships can be very beneficial for life quality and can improve life expectancy.

They have a sense of belonging

Being part of a tribe and having strong social networks is important for emotional and spiritual health. Also, being part of a group that practices healthy habits helps to keep everyone on track.

Listen to my interview with Brad Kirsten from Radio Cape Pulpit on 11 May 2023 to learn more. Listen to my next interview on Thursday at 7.45am