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Methods Inf Med. 1993 Apr;32(3):252-4.

Physiological age-related changes: cross-sectional and longitudinal studies.

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  • 1Gerontology Center, Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary.


Physiological age-related changes were investigated by cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. The data of the study were derived from volunteers admitted to the Gerontology Center in Budapest. In the follow-up study 864 subjects took part, and in the cross-sectional study 2,281 individuals. The 20-year longitudinal study and the cross-sectional examination showed that from a clinical standpoint the most important observation is that several biochemical data do not change with age. No changes were found in the values in erythrocyte sedimentation, hemoglobin, hematocrit, serum total protein, albumin, liver function, glucose, creatinine, triglyceride, and HDL-cholesterol levels. Changes were observed in the levels of HDL-cholesterol, immunoglobulins, rheumatoid factors, antinuclear factors, morphology of lymphocytes, serum TSH and T3 concentration, and systolic blood pressures.

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