Functions that contribute to quality of life.
By measuring such biomarkers of aging and comparing scores to norms by age and sex, the AgeMeter determines a person’s functional age for the tests, as opposed to his or her chronological age.
Functional declines proceed at different rates in different individuals. Genetic factors play a role, but so does environment, diet, and life style, providing evidence that intervention in the aging process is possible. Originally developed as a research tool to test interventions in aging, the AgeMeter now finds application in clinical practices with a focus on aging.
The AgeMeter Biomarkers
Auditory Reaction Time
Highest Audible Pitch
Visual Reaction Time
Muscle Movement Time
Decision Reaction Time
Decision Movement Time
How the original H-SCAN biomarkers were chosen and validated.
Unlike blood and other biochemical tests, no explanation is needed to recognize that memory, lung function, reaction time, hearing, vision, muscle movement, and so on, are involved in virtually all mental or physical activities all day long, and that the ability to function effectively in these respects is synonymous with successful living and aging.
The H-SCAN age tests were the subject of the largest published study of biomarkers of aging to date. The subject population was comprised of 2,462 employees of 17 U.S. life insurance companies. In order to avoid an interest-in-health bias, as is typical of volunteers, all participants were non-volunteers. The study was designed to:
(1) test the validity of the 12 H-SCAN biomarkers of aging;
(2) provided norms and statistical measures for each of the age tests;
(3) determine separately by sex how 17 dietary, life style, environmental, and genetic factors, (including smoking, exercise, and red meat consumption) relate to the rate of biological aging.
For a copy of this 28 page report (Journal of Gerontology [Biological Science] 45(6):B187-214; 1990) click this link.
- TAILORING: The assessment provided by the AgeMeter helps health professionals to tailor therapeutic approaches to the individual.
- MONITORING: Repeating the age tests over months or years allows monitoring of changes in individual functions and functional age.
- MOTIVATING: Learning one. s functional age is a great stimulus to action, no matter what the result. Participants are more apt to stay with a therapy program and put forth the effort required when their goal is to shoot for retest.