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How To Reverse Aging With Best Practices In Nutrition and Fitness

Updated on February 6, 2013

How Old Are You and On What Scale?

In Bureau of Workers Compensation rehabilitation work and the study of martial arts, we discovered ways of preventing the deficits caused by the average human aging process. I enjoyed helping one student completely rid her body of Rheumatoid Arthritis, no longer found in any symptoms or medical imaging. Less dramatic are the many cases of increased flexibility and muscle strength; some reversing of brain trauma conditions over time; reduced weight, blood sugar, and blood pressure; and several others.

In the latter half of the 20th Century, women's and fitness magazines grasped firmly the idea of chronological vs. actual body age and drew many readers, because America is so youth-oriented. It's almost a crime to become old here, unless you're in politics and I swear some elected officials without term limits are about 200 years old (that's a joke).

Not so funny is the belief that some politicians are promoting the idea of death panels. I don't think that is true, but think that instruction about end-of-the-road arrangements could be useful and probably needs to be done more than once if at all, because people forget and are often non-compliant with medical instruction. I don't think the government is really trying to kill off the oldest old, but sci-fi programs like Nest Generation's episode in which an extraterrestrial culture mandated death at age 65 were seen as propaganda toward that end. Logan's Run was worse - Age 21 and you're done.

A big problem with aging is the accumulation of illnesses and conditions of aging , affecting more women than men since women live a few years longer on average.

One solution is stay as healthy as possible, reversing the aging process.

Benjamin Button Mouse

Various diet, exercise, and relaxation regimens can work together to slow and actually reverse some of the symptoms of aging, Hubs about these topics are numerous and available at the links below.

At the end of 2010, the media was tooting a horn about reversing the aging process in laboratory mice. Mice and rats have long been used for a variety of health research, some of it not very pleasant. In the 1940s, for examples, French researchers experoiemtned with limb regeneration and finally were able to experience a rat's new toe growing in place of a severed foot. A worse experiment was the transplantation of sections of dog into human snf human into dog brains by the Soviets after WWII [I've no reference, a Russian teacher from the region in which it was done told us. Scary, whether true or false].

Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict showed us Companions that brought us instant rejuvenation in the transparent cabinet of a machine. Science fiction can become science fact, as we know.

Methusala and Dorian Gray

Ronald DePinho was the lead investigator at Harvard Medical School in the search for youth among old mice. He reports that he regenerated the bodies of elderly mice. This is hard to believe. How quickly did this occur?

The phenomenon is connected to the work of free radicals, very reactive particles created in the body that damage animal cells, resulting in aging. Antioxidants and nutraceuticals (foods) are thought to stop and perhaps to reverse this process. Smoking, pollution, radiation in general and ultraviolet light in particular are also culprits in aging.

Telomeres (end pieces of chromosomes that shorten every time a cell divides) have been examined for a few years in health research (aging) and Dr. DePinho has found that preventing telomere-shortening eliminates aging issues in mice bodies and organs. Will it eliminate human dementia, macular degeneration, and other conditions? The operator of this miracle is the addition of extra of the enzyme aptly named telomorase by injection. Mice became younger in 30 days. The brains even grew new neurons.

If Methusala lived 900 years, then perhaps he was still producing telomerase. Interestingly, mice produce natural telomerase throughout their lives - humans do not. What are the side effects in humans of introducing telomerase later in life - Cancer forming because of sudden cell proliferation in the new, younger body? Since telomerase therapy in humans would save trillion$ in healthcare and hospice costs in the 21st Century, then it would need to be expensive in order to replace those incomes lost to it. Finance is a big consideration.

For the duration, until telomerase therapy proves to be useable for humans, we can use the material in the following Hubs for slowing the aging process through diet, relaxation, and exercise.

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    • lobonorth profile image

      lobonorth 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting and useful - I have just linked to it in light of the blood test that is about to be introduced in the UK to measure telomeres to establish someone's physical versus chronological age. Brave new world.

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      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Yeah, Methusala lived at the right dispensation. Maybe those long length of days will be graced to us again soon. In the meantime, what you mentioned can help us to live to be 100+. V/R.

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      adair_francesca 

      7 years ago

      Your hub is really interesting and worth reading. I enjoyed reading it. Nicely done.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent hub and brilliant advice. Yes, stress has a lot to answer for and it becomes more and more. Thank you.

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      Rosie Rose 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Patty, great read! So that's where the saying "older than Methusala" came from.. Methusala lived to be 900. Holy cow! or should I say Holy Methusala!

      Have a nice day!

      Rosie

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      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      I want to live to be as old as Methusala. Thanks for the insightful information on aging and how to slow it down.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank YOU!

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      ladyt11 

      7 years ago

      Excellent hub Patty!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Bless you for your testimony and advice, Nellieanna! You;re the best!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent article and study, Patty. I started life with a few downers. Sometimes I laughingly say I got all that old-age stuff behind me early in life. In any case, I rejected smoking when it was absolutely the coolest thing to do. I didn't drink till in my 40s and then, in moderation. Though I had a food issue when young, before bulimia had a name, I also had a clear idea of the importance of good nutrition and conquered it on my own. I eat healthily, stay active - mentally and physically - and choose the healthier of choices when choices are called for. At nearly 79 (in 2 months) - I'm told I look, think and act much younger and I have no prescriptions except an externally applied estrogen supplement which I am not constant about using. Attitude and expectations also play major roles in how one ages. I truly believe one can preserve health and I see no reason why regaining it isn't entirely possible. Next step - reversing its effects.

      As for stress, it is a part of living a full and active life. The secret is having an inner-sanctum where one can retreat to rest, revive and from which one emerges rested and ready for another day of challenges!

      Thanks for this great article. I'll be following up on the references & links you've provided too!

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      Barry Rutherford 

      7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Uust a point I thought women lived longer than men in general.

      back tothe issue I am repeatedly convinced that proper deep breathing stretching as in Yoga stretches weight bearing and non weight bearing exercises-light weights & swimming will improve the length and quality of your life...

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      Jeffrey Penn May 

      7 years ago from St. Louis

      Gee, strees-free? As soon as my two teenagers are out succeeding on their own maybe, if I'm not dead by then.

      Finance/money is always a huge consideration, isn't it?

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      Jennifer C 

      7 years ago

      This is great blog - interesting links too about being a vegetarian! Thanks!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patty, I really found this hub to be interesting as I have tried a number of remedies to become healthier. I think our diet is a huge factor and I am not quite vegetarian but eat little meat. I don't drink any milk products either or white bread. I have found this to be beneficial in my case, along with some exercise and keeping my stress level very low with meditation and prayer.

      This new therapy they are working with is fascinating and maybe they will learn to lengthen life or cure people of diseases at a young age, It is quite exciting research.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I always something new and useful in all your hubs, including this one. I always care about health. Good combination between consume the best nutrition and fitness. Thank you very much. Have a nice day!

      Blessing,

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      Purple Perl 

      7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      I agree with you Patty, that living life stress-free is important to reverse the aging process. And most of us can begin with atleast trying to slow down the aging with diet and exercise.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is an excellent hub Patty. You are a gem.

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      RedElf 

      7 years ago from Canada

      You won the race to be first to post, and with an excellent hub! Great read, Patty!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you coolbreeze - that all makes me smile.

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      Rik Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      It certainly helps if you do not have to lead a stressful city life. Li Ching-Yuen lived until he was 250 He said his secret was having a Tranquil mind, Sitting like a tortoise, Walk sprightly like a pigeon and Sleeping like a dog.

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