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These 3 Toxins Have the Largest Impact on Your Life Span

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Environmental exposures have a lot to do with biological or cellular aging and, according to a December 2019 study, lead, mercury and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) are the three toxins shown to have the greatest impact on your life span
  • Biological aging is modifiable. Avoiding toxic exposures is one important aspect, but your diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors also play a role. One key for longevity is maintaining healthy insulin sensitivity, as insulin resistance is a hallmark of most chronic diseases
  • Lead and calcium are chemically very similar, making lead a competitor at the cellular level and disrupting many different bodily systems
  • Two of the most prevalent sources of mercury are dental amalgam and seafood. Europe paved the way for global change by banning the use of amalgam fillings in pregnant or nursing women and children under the age of 15 as of July 1, 2018
  • PFOS are associated with a wide array of health problems, including cancer, immune and thyroid dysfunction, low birth weight and more

Your biological age can provide a good clue about your longevity, far more so than your chronological age. Your biological age refers to the state of your cells — they can be younger or older than your calendar age, which means you’re aging slower or faster than expected.

Environmental exposures have a lot to do with biological or cellular aging and, according to a December 2019 study published in The Journals of Gerontology, lead, mercury and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) are the three toxins shown to have the greatest impact on your life span.


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