Functional Age vs. Chronological Age

Functional Age vs. Chronological Age

The human body and its functions can be quantified in incredible detail. We often view our body’s functions and abilities as developing in early life, peaking in mid-life and declining as we get older. While statistics show this trajectory to be correct from a population perspective, the individual experience varies widely. For example, people with chronic illness may peak early, then decline, so that their “functional” age is greater than their chronological age; i.e., they are functioning at an age that is older than what their birth certificate says.

Conversely, there are people who reach peak health and maintain it for a long time. There are others who reach peak functioning, become ill, and are able to return to a high level of life-long repairability and functional vitality due to optimized repair systems. Their functional age is younger than what their birth certificate suggests. 

Clearly, averages deceive, and individuals make choices: choices that can help achieve thriving health, or choices that cause inflammation, disease and unrest. Statistics do not apply to individuals. It is less important what diagnosis or which symptom constellation someone has. We can all start healing, and we can help people recover in ways that just a few decades ago we couldn’t imagine.

Watch this short explanation from Dr. Jaffe here.

Healthy aging can be influenced by epigenetic factors, and we have control over what we eat, drink, think, and do to improve vitality. Following the principles of Nature’s pHarmacy can help add years to life and life to years. Learn more here.