Low level inflammation is caused by chronic over-activation of the immune system. Inflammation has been associated with many health problems.
It has been known that having longer telomeres, caps on the ends of DNA which shorten every cell division, is a predictor of longevity. Now a study by Newcastle University has identified low inflammation as a factor for longevity also.
The study was on centenarians and super-centenarians and found they were different to normal population, but the understanding may help the rest of us to live longer and healthier, The Huffington Post wrote about the research.
Professor Thomas von Zglinicki of the university’s Institute for Aging said “It has long been known that chronic inflammation is associated with the ageing process in younger, more ‘normal’ populations, but it’s only very recently we could mechanistically prove that inflammation actually causes accelerated ageing in mice.
“This study, showing for the first time that inflammation levels predict successful ageing even in the extreme old, makes a strong case to assume that chronic inflammation drives human ageing too.