Do we belong to the last Generation to die of Old Age?
As scientists around the world race against one another trying to crack the code of ageing, humans achieving immortality no longer sounds like science fiction.
In the last 100 years, human lifespan has increased by over two decades. A big chunk of this increase can be credited to improvement in living standards, nutrition, healthcare and new drugs.
In past decades, longevity research focused on stretching the human lifespan. Studies like ‘Calorie restricted diet’ done on rats and monkeys proved that it is possible to increase normal life span by 40%.
But as humanity reaches its biological limits, new and more ambitious research is being conducted in respected institutions like Harvard, Stanford and many biotech companies around the world to pinpoint the gene responsible for ageing in humans. If scientists are able to repair those genes, then no one will age beyond their prime. World will be filled with people who truly stay Young for Life.
The breakthrough may be just around the corner, or it may take a few more decades. The best strategy for us will be to invest on physical fitness and proven therapies like testosterone and phytonutrients to increase our longevity.
We need to stay in good shape, delay the ageing process till drugs to stop ageing become available, so that one day we can claim to be the first generation of humans to achieve immortality.
Why do we age?
With every passing year and new research paper we are getting closer to the truth. But today there few theories on ageing that are more accepted than others.
One theory suggests that our genes are pre-programmed and they determine how long we live. Another theory suggests that over the course of our life, the DNA within our cells get damaged because of which they are unable to replicate properly. A more recent theory suggests that telomeres (DNA strands at the end of the chromosomes) get shorter with each replication. With enough number of cell divisions, they become too short to support new reproduction and the cells die.
The truth may be that one or more forces may be responsible for ageing, but what is certain is that the secret of ageing is hidden inside the DNA.
What are the signs of early ageing?
The most visible signs of ageing are those that are seen in our external features such as loss of muscle tone, increase in belly fat, greying of hair and loss of skin tone, characterized by wrinkles, pigmentation, dryness and enlarged pores.
But the ones that cause us real trouble in day-to-day functioning are the less visible age related problems, such as:
- Getting tired early (compared to before)
- Fall in energy levels
- Failing memory & cognitive decline
- Chronic aches and pains that refuse to go away
- Painful Joints of hands & feet
- Fall in grip strength
- Loss of bone density
- Slow healing of wounds
- Slowing metabolism & gaining belly fat
- Reduced sex drive
Do we all age at the same pace?
No. A study published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’ confirms that people age at a different rate. This is evident when we meet our school mates after many years. While some age gracefully, others age more than their actual years.
The key reasons for difference in ageing can be attributed to different lifestyles. Some of the more common factors that can speed up the ageing process are:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor nutrition & junk foods
- High pressure jobs
- Anxiety & depression
- Stressful relationships
- Poor sleeping habits
- Smoking & excessive alcohol consumption
- Air pollution & exposure to toxic fumes
- Exposure to UV and other harmful radiation
The single biggest contributor to early ageing is lack of physical activity. Exercise keeps the body young.
Is ageing a reversible process?
Yes, but only till a limit.
Suppose you are 50, the cells of your body have multiplied for 50 years accumulating damage to the DNA. Your organs have been working non-stop, carrying 50 years’ worth of wear and tear. If you age badly, you are more unfit than friends and peers of similar age and probably look much older than them.
In other words, your chronological age is 50, your Biological age is much more.
It is possible to reverse your biological age by making changes in lifestyle and conscious effort. Start by correcting your body’s age biomarkers which will help you in attaining a younger and fitter body.
What are biomarkers of Ageing?
Biomarkers of aging are indicators that represent the true biological age of the body, which may be different from the chronological age. Biomarkers are important as they can predict potential for future onset of age-related diseases.
There are many ageing biomarkers, but some of the more important ones are – loss of muscle mass, fall in grip strength, increase in waist circumference, sensory reduction, Insulin resistance, poor lipid metabolism, oxidative stress, fall in immunity and cognition function.
What can I do to reverse my Biological age?
Exercise : Exercise is the best anti-ageing solution for both men and women. Various studies have attributed 2-9 years increase in life span to just 30 minutes of daily exercise. Exercise safeguards the body against age related muscle loss.
De-stress :Stress accelerates biologic aging and new studies confirm its adverse effects on our immunity. If you are in a high stress work, find ways to segregate your personal life from work pressures. If you have stressful relationship, discuss it with your partner as both of you are getting affected. Pick up a hobby that calms you, like gardening, knitting, fishing etc.
Sleep : Restful sleep is very important for your body to repair itself. Prolonged lack of sleep accelerates the ageing process.
Avoid overeating : A 2011 study published in the journal – Antioxidants and Redox Signalling* suggests that 25% calorie reduction in humans leads to improvements in Biomarkers of ageing. Similar diet in real life may not be practical, but avoiding overeating and a balanced diet will reduce the metabolic rate and oxidative stress.
Avoid Sun and radiation exposure : Harmful effects of sun on skin and ageing are well known. A lesser known fact is that every display screen – TV, Computer or Mobile phone emits radiation. Prolonged exposure to any of them is harmful.
Avoid smoking and reduce Alcohol intake.
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Why do I need Supplements and Phytonutrients?
To reverse Biological ageing, significant changes need to be made to our lifestyle, which may not be practical, or at times they need sacrifices that we are not prepared for.
Supplements can help bridge the gap between desired changes and the realistic effort that you can put in. Each Phytonutrient provides a powerful but specific health benefit. Depending on the benefits you seek, you can pick the right Phytonutrient for you.
There are Phytonutrients that can
- Increase body’s testosterone production
- Reduce cholesterol & improve insulin sensitivity,
- Fight free radical damage,
- Improve body’s immunity,
- Ensure optimal cell growth & repair
There are also some Phytonutrients called “CR mimetics” such as resveratrol that impart benefits similar a Calorie restricted diet, thereby providing antiaging benefits.
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