Here's the All-New Medical Test That Can Pinpoint Your True Age

Meet a major breakthrough in the future of anti-aging.

If you know when you were born, chances are you're aware of your chronological age. But what about your biological age?

Whereas your chronological age refers to the amount of time you've been alive on this planet, your biological age refers to how old your body actually seems (for example, Jane Fonda's chronological age is 80, but we'd be willing to bet her biological age is closer to 45).

While tests exist to measure your biological age, most of them are fascinating but not very scientific, as they involve answering questions about your BMI, how many wrinkles and grey hairs you have, whether or not you can balance on one foot, and other simple indicators of age.

But, now, a breakthrough study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience claims there may be a way to measure one's biological age through a simple test.

Researchers collected the urine samples of 1,228 healthy Chinese residents (613 males and 615 females) between the ages of 2 and 90 and found that two urinary molecules—8-oxodGsn and 8-oxoGsn—were able to "reflect the oxidative state of the whole body rather than a specific organ," thereby making these molecules "promising biomarkers of aging."

"A simple, rapid, sensitive and reliable methodology for the analysis of urinary excretion of 8-oxoGsn and 8-oxodGsn was developed," the study said. "Based on this large population study, we concluded that 8-oxoGsn in urine may be a novel way to evaluate the aging process in adults."

One of the reasons this breakthrough is such a big deal is because it paves the way to more research on how to slow down the effects of aging. It also gives us a clear method, for the first time ever, of measuring the rate at which our bodies are deteriorating. "Urinary 8-oxoGsn may reflect the real condition of our bodies better than our chronological age, and may help us to predict the risk of age-related diseases," Jian-Ping Cai, a researcher involved in the study, said in a press release.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more