Being unhappy or lonely speeds up aging — even more than smoking

Being unhappy or experiencing loneliness accelerates the aging process more than smoking, new research says. The findings are based on the first “aging clock” study of its kind, trained and verified with blood and biometric data from almost 12,000 Chinese adults. Mental health has a stronger effect on the pace of aging compared to a number of health conditions and lifestyle habits, scientists say. Any treatments need to focus on mental health as much as physical health, researchers note. The increased pace of age is detectable by modern science before it results in disastrous consequences.

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