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Our body systems age at different rates, study finds, pointing to personalized care to extend healthy life

Most theories of aging view it as systemic, but a new study shows how different parts of the body can age at different rates in different people.

One 50-year-old has the nimble metabolism of a teenager, while another’s is so creaky he developed type 2 diabetes — though his immune system is that of a man 25 years his junior. Or one 70-year-old has the immune system of a Gen Xer while another’s is so decrepit she can’t gin up an antibody response to flu vaccines — but her high-performing liver clears out alcohol so fast she can sip Negronis all night without getting tipsy.

Anyone over 30 knows that aging afflicts different body parts to different degrees. Yet most molecular theories of aging — telomere shortening, , , take your pick — don’t

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