Feel Younger Than Your Age? It May Help You Live Longer

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By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Folks who feel “young at heart” may be more likely to live to a ripe old age, a new British study suggests.

Seniors who said they felt three or more years younger than their actual age experienced a lower death rate over the course of eight years than people who either felt their full age or a little older, researchers report online Dec. 15 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

About 25 percent of people who felt older than their actual age died, compared with about 14 percent of people who felt younger than their true age and almost 19 percent who felt their age.

The effect held even after researchers accounted for things that might make a person feel older than they are, such as chronic health problems, difficulty with mobility or mental…

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