Normative Aging Study

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The Normative Aging Study (NAS) is a longitudinal study which studies the effects of aging on various health issues.[1] The ongoing study was established in 1963 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.[2]

Participants in the study have undergone medical examinations every three to five years, also answering questions about behaviors affecting health.[3]

Among the topics researchers have used the NAS for are stress,[2] smoking, and cardiac health.[4]


  1. ^ Donald H. Kausler, Barry C. Kausler, Jill A. Krupshaw (2007). The Essential Guide to Aging in the Twenty-first Century. University of Missouri Press. p. 255. 
  2. ^ a b Peters, Junenette L.; Kubzansky, Laura; McNeely, Eileen; Schwartz, Joel; Spiro, Avron, III; Sparrow, David; Wright, Robert O.; Nie, Huiling; Hu, Howard (2007-08-01). " "Stress as a potential modifier of the impact of lead levels on blood pressure: the normative aging study". Environmental Health Perspectives. 
  3. ^ "The Normative Aging Study". Harvard. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Study: Statins may help lung function". United Press International. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-11-18.