How To Reverse Aging With Best Practices In Nutrition and Fitness
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.