Chinese researchers have found that mental well-being is associated with healthy aging regardless of socioeconomic status, and plays an important role in promoting longevity and resilience in aging, China Science Daily reported on Tuesday.

The research team from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine analyzed the effects of mental health on aging using publicly available genetic data from populations of European descent.

Analysis of multiple datasets, including one with up to 2.3 million people, has shown that individuals with better mental well-being tend to experience healthier aging, characterized by greater resilience, higher levels of self-rated health, and greater longevity. .

The researchers also found that income, education and occupation are related to better mental health, with increasing income having the strongest association. Furthermore, reducing a sedentary lifestyle and smoking, along with increasing cheese and fruit intake, can contribute to better mental well-being and healthier aging.

The results highlighted the need to integrate mental health support into public health policy and research on aging. The research team also noted that interventions to promote mental health may be a viable strategy for improving healthy aging in different groups of people.


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