Limiting exposure to blue light might help as an anti-aging measure.
Something that we all are aware of deep within our conscience but was hard to accept and adjust to has now been proven with a study and proven in a way much beyond our expectations.
The present-day generation owing to multiple factors is surrounded by gadgets and if nothing else, they are stuck to their mobile phones. Over the years people have become aware of the ill effects of excessive usage and dependence on phones and other similar comforting electronic utilities. So far, the damages that we could imagine included the effect on eyes and sleep cycles to maybe on mental health, but a recent study has reported an alarming finding which states that these phones and other devices are bringing about our death sooner than expected.
The study found that electronic gadgets like smartphones, tablets and laptops emit excessive blue light which can markedly accelerate our aging process.
Jadwiga Giebultowicz, the lead author of the study and professor at Oregon State University told that, “Excessive exposure to blue light from everyday devices, such as televisions, laptops and phones may have detrimental effects on a wide range of cells in our body, from skin and fat cells to sensory neurons.” As a solution, the study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging mentioned that minimizing excessive blue light exposure might be a useful anti-aging strategy.
To conduct this study, the team exposed fruit flies to blue light and compared the levels of metabolites in flies exposed to blue light to those kept in the complete dark for two weeks. At the conclusion of the two weeks, they observed that the quantities of metabolites they examined in the cells of fly heads were notably altered after exposure to blue light as on exposure to blue light the cells were not functioning at their best and would ultimately lead to premature cell death.
Giebultowicz said that blue light may have adverse effects on humans because the signaling chemicals in flies and human cells are the same and also since LEDs have become the main source of light not just for screens of various devices, but also in everyday households, humans in general are exposed to blue light through LED lighting as well as multiple screens most of their times.