Unraveling the Connection Between Activity Patterns and Longevity
Have you ever wondered how your daily activity patterns could be linked to your overall health and longevity? A recent study, using wearable devices, has shed some light on this intriguing question. The researchers analyzed the 24-hour activity data from wearable devices of over 7,000 U.S. adults. They found five distinct activity patterns: "High activity", "Low activity", "Mild circadian rhythm (CR) disruption", "Severe CR disruption", and "Very low activity". Circadian rhythm refers to our internal body clock that regulates our sleep-wake cycle and other bodily functions.
Interestingly, young adults with severe disruption in their circadian rhythm appeared healthy but had higher white blood cell counts and showed signs of accelerated biological aging. Similarly, older adults with disrupted circadian rhythms had increased systemic inflammation, advanced biological aging, and a higher risk of mortality. This suggests that even if you feel healthy, your activity patterns could be telling a different story.
The findings highlight the importance of maintaining a regular circadian rhythm for longevity across all ages. The data from wearable devices can help identify at-risk populations and personalize treatments for healthier aging. So, the next time you check your step count on your wearable device, remember, it's not just about the number of steps, but also about when you take them!