University of Lethbridge Study: Smoking Speeds Up Biological Clock

Using blood biochemistry markers and artificial Intelligence age predicting, study shows young smokers, and women in particular, age faster

Artificial intelligence allowing researchers from the University of Lethbridge to more accurately examine the effects of smoking on the aging process.

In a first-of-its-kind study, Dr. Olga Kovalchuk, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was able to prove that cigarettes speed up the biological clock... making you look and feel older than you actually are.

Dr. Kovalchuk's research group used data from 149,000 blood records to predict age with help from artificial intelligence calculations.

The study finds that men who smoke progress one-and-a-half times faster than their chronological age, while women age nearly twice as fast.

Dr. Kovalchuk says the information may be a new weapon in the war against smoking.

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