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] The initial sample was 2,280 men now with an average age of 72 years (mean age at entry was 42 years). Most participants are veterans from WWII and the Korean War.[3]

Participants in the study have undergone medical examinations every three to five years, also answering questions about behaviors affecting health.[4]

Among the topics researchers have used the NAS for are stress,[2] smoking, and cardiac health.[5]

One of the findings based on the study was that subjective stress appeared to be a better prediction of mortality than the objective evaluation of stressful events.[6]


  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 115: 1154–1159. doi:10.1289/ehp.10002. 
  3. ^ "Normative Aging Study (NAS)". Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging (IALSA). Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Normative Aging Study". IALSA. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Study: Statins may help lung function". United Press International. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Everyday Annoyances Will Kill Us All". NY Mag. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2015.