Home > Lifestyle > Ageing well Updated 11 June 2014 Breakthrough device tells you how old you really are A recently revealed piece of technology measures body chemistry to determine your biological age 0 Shutterstock Related Is your diet ageing you? Having a purpose may lead to a longer life Why smoking makes you look old Sign up for the newsletter » Quiz How long will you live? » Ask DietDoc » Ask CyberDoc » A recently revealed piece of technology measures body chemistry to determine your biological age.The TruAge scanner uses scientifically-proven methods to measure what are referred to as Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs). The machine measures the levels of AGEs in both the skin and blood to determine how much stress your body has gone under and your resulting biological age.Your biological age is arguably more important than your actual age given that it affects everything from your mental abilities to your life expectancy. Indeed, scientists argue that your actual age is merely an indicator of what your biological should be. If your biological age is older than your real age, you should adjust your lifestyle to be more healthy. Conversely, a biological age lower than your real age is indicative of an excellent lifestyle and one that is likely to extend your natural life span. Read: A cure for grey hairAGE's have shown strong relationships to a wide range of degenerative diseases including diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and severe kidney problems. The compounds affect virtually every kind of cell in the body, hence them being a stong indicator of the body's global condition. It is believed that AGEs speed up oxidative damage to cells which is the primary mechanism by which humans age. The more AGEs you have, the faster you will age. Managing one's AGE levels is thus key to slowing down the ageing process. Factors that increase AGE levelsSmoking - tobacco contains large numbers of AGEs which are introduced in the manufacturing processDiet - meat and butter are particularly high in AGEs.Cooking - Dry cooking methods like frying, roasting and baking produce far more AGEs than boiling or stewing.Factors that decrease AGE levelsExercise - exercise speeds up the metabolism of AGEs and thus increases the rate at which they are removed from the bodyVitamin C - this essential vitamin slows the formation of AGEs in the body but cannot prevent them from entering from elsewhereTaurine - the signature ingredient in Red Bull is effective in minimising the impact of AGEsResveratrol - this compound, which is found in red wine, can prohibit AGEs from having negative affects on the body.The scanner is backed by over 100 scientific studies, suggesting that the theory is sound. TruAge scanners became freely available for doctors to buy earlier this year and should begin showing up in South African practices soon.Sources: Daily Mail/Morinda/Journal of the American Dietetic AssociationImage credit: Young and old by ShutterstockRead more:Your skin in your thirtiesIs semen the secret to sexy skin Hair analysis reveals stress Harry Phillips More in Lifestyle Keep an eye on your vision More: LifestyleAgeing well advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.