The Paradox of Life: Why We Age?

Why we age is one of the most complex and poorly understood mechanisms that scientist has asked. Why we age has been the subject of vigorous debate since time immemorial. Scientists have repeatedly been trying to answer the query as to why we age too early and how we can extend life with an enhanced quality of life. Philosophers, doctors, researchers, writers, intellectuals, artists and fools of all cultures have asked why we age. Many of them would tell you that age is a state of mind. But the truth is far from it.

Effect of Ageing on the face
Effect of Ageing on the face

Why we age and how to prevent ageing is now a hot topic among cosmetic industries. Aging is not caused by one factor. Why we age has several components to it including genetic and environment. In recent years many theories have been pulled together and put forward to why we age. Many of these current theories on why we age are based on cellular senescence. But the truth is that it is still unresolved. This is due to the reality that it is a combination of biological factors that still needs to be understood. This is due to the complexities of the human body as an amazing work of art.

One hypothesis that has been put forward to reveal the puzzle of ageing is known as “The Evolutionary Theory of Ageing”. Another theory is the pre-programmed theories. This means that cells are programmed to divide up to a certain number and then they die. Free radical damage is the prominent theory of why we age. It suggests that cells and organs accumulate free radicals and oxidizing particles that cause mutations and ultimately cell death and organ deterioration.

Well, that's life and why we age is one very interesting topic and there are comprehensive guides and theories on aging. To understanding ageing theories one has to understand several hypotheses proposed throughout the years and up to a certain degree of biological processes.

Read more on on “killer theories” and BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS of ageing.

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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

In lighter vein I like this quote: Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.


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loua 7 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

Good informative material, thanks...

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