* * * How do you measure your health at any age? 10 Biomarkers
May I ask how old you are?
And how do you measure your health at any age?
Ellis: Hello John. My birth certificate will be 68 years old in August...
That is five months from now, so my birth certificate's age is closer to 68
than it is to 67. I am about 40 in some ways, and about 68 in some
That is a very good question: How do you measure your health at any age?
There is not just one answer to this question. Here are 10 biomarkers
that I think are important... There are probably others that I didn't think
of right now (I am getting OLD...)
Some of the questions I would ask to try to measure what is your true
age would be:
a. HOW OLD DO YOU * * * L O O K * * * ? In your own opinion, so you look
YOUNGER or OLDER than your birth certificate? In other person's
opinion, what age do they tell you that you appear to be ? Do you
have a lot of wrinkles? Do you have a lot of hair? What color is your
hair, compared to what color it was when you were 15?
b. HOW OLD DO YOU * * * F E E L * * *? How much have you slowed
down since you were 25 years old? Do you groan when you have to
climb a flight of stairs? Can you walk a few blocks, walking fast?
c. HOW OLD IS YOUR MIND? How creative are you? Do other people
ask you for your opinion about something?
d. HOW'S YOUR SEX LIFE ? If your answer is "Which sex life?" then you
are already an OLD MAN (or woman.)
e. WHAT PAINS YOU ? Do you have back pains? Do your knees hurt
when you climb stairs? What else pains you?
f. WHAT DISEASES DO YOU HAVE? Are you diabetic? Do you have
cancer, or kidney problems?
g. HOW OLD ARE YOUR SENSES? Can you SEE and HEAR and TASTE well?
h. What does your BLOOD say ? Hb-A1c... P.S.A... Testosterone...
hematocrit... hemoglobin... ? You don't want to be "average"... you want
to be "OPTIMAL"... that is: Hb-A1c about 5.0, plus or minus 0.5
P.S.A. less than 2... testosterone in the upper third of the normal range...
hematocrit and hemoglobin at least 45% and 15%...
The more your blood is less than optimal, the older you are "according to
i. How well do you SLEEP at night?
j. How many TEETH have you LOST ?
- Thanks for writing... If you can think of other bio-markers, let's make
this list more complete. What other bio-marker can you think of?