=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Baby boys born prematurely with an extremely low birth weight (ELBW) age faster than their peers, and, by their 30s, end up biologically nearly five years older.
ELBW babies are those whose birth weights measure in at less than two pounds and three ounces (1 kilogram) and they are typically born at 27 weeks or sooner.
Researchers from Canada’s McMaster University calculated the biological ages of 92 individuals, all aged between 30–35, of whom 45 were born ELBW.
They found that the ELBW men were an average of 4.6 years older, biologically, than those with healthy birth weight — a discrepancy not seen among the women.
According to the team, the more rapid aging may be a result of boys handling physilogical stress before and shortly after birth differently to girls.
The findings, they added, suggest that doctors should be encouraging ELBW men to take steps to proactively combat their premature aging.
Measures could include eating a balanced diet, avoiding smoking, getting decent amounts of sleep and exercise and managing stress, according to the team.
The study was conducted by physician Ryan Van Lieshout of the McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and his colleagues.