You can slow down the aging process, prevent age-related diseases and live- in good health- to a ripe old age. Aging can slow down in certain parts of the body. It can also be stopped for a while and even reversed to some degree. However, none of these options are open to you unless you take meaningful action, make appropriate lifestyle choices, acquire knowledge about preventing aging and have plenty of motivation, persistence, and patience.
Today’s treatments and ideas are based on scientists’ and medical practitioners’ current understanding of aging. Every day brings new and often surprising information. Information that builds upon- and sometimes even contradicts- what was previously known and thought.
Biologically, it is possible to live a healthy 120 years now that modern science is able to do so much about common age-related illnesses. Anti-aging medicine is one of the fastest growing areas of research. The desire to avoid or slow down the aging process has always been an inherent trait in the human psyche. With modern science, researchers are finally able to begin to understand how and why people age, how your attitudes actually can affect aging and how to prevent age-related diseases to a point.
The Fountains Of Youth
Ancient people believed that in the distant past many people were able to live – by our reckoning – extremely long life spans. The Bible says that Adam lived to be 930, Noah 950, and Methuselah 969. The ancients believed that people lived for so long because their gods granted them this privilege.
From beliefs in a legendary fountain of youth to theories regarding cultures in certain geological areas that do enjoy a longer lifespan than others, people have always been – and still are – fascinated with the quest to remain youthful. The ancient Egyptians were considered experts in the art of keeping the skin youthful. The ancient Chinese believed that if you lived in harmony with nature you could live forever. In Biblical times, some hoped that if you had plenty of young people around, their health and youth would be contagious.
Some researchers believe that medical and scientific advances will improve people’s health to the point where their life span will increase and so will their health span, the amount of time an individual stays healthy. In this scenario, people would live to a healthy 120 years and then die, not from disease, but simply because their flame had died.
Most of the research are conducted on the mechanisms of aging. There’s a branch of science called biological gerontology which is being done in the United States. A few biological gerontologists practice in Britain, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. Research into the physiology of aging shows that after about age 35, signs of aging start sprouting like rampant weeds. It inlcudes the loss of muscle tissue, an increase in fat, waning strength and thinner, drier skin.
Many theories attempt to explain how and why people age, but none is conclusive. Scientists at gerontology meetings often joke that there are as many theories about aging as there are gerontologists. No matter how many theories of aging exist, scientists agree on two general points–
- People age due to factors that damage the body, including chemicals, toxic by-products of the metabolism called free radicals, random damage and genes that affect aging.
- People age because this damage is not repaired properly due to lack of energy, deficiencies of hormones, faulty genes or failure of the immune system.
Prevent Age-Related Diseases
When you understand the basic ways in which the body ages, you are in a better position to fight aging. Although many people think that aging inevitably equals disease, several eminent scientists believe that aging is just another stage of development, like infancy or adolescence. There are some diseases that may be more common later in life. But, they aren’t necessarily inevitable. Many diseases can be prevented with proper diet and nutrition, better lifestyle choices and significant stress reduction.
The three most common killers- heart disease, stroke, and cancer- are connected with the Western way of life rather than with age alone. Researchers believe that people who are more active and engaged in society will stay healthier as they age. Happiness, adaptability, and optimism play important roles in general health and longevity. Worrying about being old will make you look and feel older than you really are.
Secrets Of Anti-Aging
Focusing on prevention can help you prevent age-related diseases and many of the body’s aging processes. In theory, it’s possible to prevent most kinds of heart problems, strokes, and cancers, as well as other diseases, including environmentally induced and stress-induced illnesses. Some researchers believe that prevention of these diseases would increase the average human lifespan by 10 to 30 years. This would make it possible to live in relatively good health to the age of 100 to 120. It could stretch the average lifespan all the way up to the limits of the maximum human life span. In this way, people would live their lives without worrying about dying prematurely.
This theory is well on its way to becoming a reality. In the U.S., the number of people older than age 65 will exceed 65 million by the year 2030. By the year 2050, six million people in Britain will be aged 75 and older. The number of people aged 90 and older will increase by an astounding 600%.
Your biological age and your chronological age may not be the same. For example, you may be in your 60s chronologically, but only in your 40s biologically, or vice versa. Your biological age is a truer indicator since it reflects your current body processes and condition. You doctor can give you a number of tests to estimate your biological age. You can even evaluate yourself by using specifically devised questionnaires to determine your biological age. Address your specific needs to try to live longer by investigating anti-aging foods, supplements, attitudes, physical activities, and programs.
Anti-Aging Secrets for Men
You can tailor this general overview to meet your specific, individual needs.
Ages 41 to 55 – Consider saw palmetto or other prostate supplements if necessary. Take care of your skin. Supplements may include more specific anti-agers such as carnosine and pycnogenol. Exercise should include less energetic gym training and more outdoor activities. Start brain exercises and chi kung two or three times a week. Control a bulging tummy with regular abdominal exercises, diet, and massage.
Ages 56 to 70 – Continue taking or consider the use of prostate supplements. Avoid the pitfalls of social aging. Life doesn’t stop when you retire and neither does your usefulness. Follow your interests. Walk, swim or do home exercises regularly. Supplements may include isoflavones, antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Ql0, plus carnosine. Use gingko biloba for brain health. To prevent osteoporosis, take 1,000 mg. of calcium a day. Consider growth hormone releasers. Continue chi kung training. Do daily stretching exercises to keep your joints in good condition.
Ages 71 to 80 – Do all of the above, plus the following. Contemplate extra anti-aging drugs such as DHEA or pregnenolone. Review your illnesses and any prescription medication regularly with your doctor. Avoid routine.
Ages 80 Plus – A healthy lifestyle is still essential. Biologically speaking, smoking doesn’t matter much by now, but regular exercise still does. Continue the supplements listed above, and include regular brain exercises. Pay extra attention to your diet, which should contain enough chicken or fish for protein, plus plenty of vegetables. Stay active and enjoy yourself and don’t leave any health problems untreated.
Anti-Aging Secrets for Women
As with the men’s list, you can tailor this general overview to meet your specific needs.
Ages 41 to 55 – Protect yourself against excessive sun exposure, use antioxidant creams, moisturizers, and antioxidant supplements. Carnosine and vitamin C supplements are better, but also consider Q10 and isoflavones. Consider hormones such as DHEA and growth hormone releasers. Perform facial muscle exercises. Drink extra water or green tea and eat larger portions of dark-colored fruit and vegetables. Start calcium supplements. Your exercise should include swimming, walking, aerobics, and sports. Keep up with your interests and try new things. Do regular brain exercises, meditation, and visualization.
Ages 56 to 65 – Choose exercise such as swimming or walking rather than dangerous sports such as skiing or horseback riding to reduce the risk of bone fractures. Try or continue yoga, tai chi or chi kung. Stretching exercises will keep your joints supple. Health supplements should include DHEA, carnosine, and calcium, with at least 400 I.U. vitamin D. Don’t avoid the sun completely- your body needs it to manufacture vitamin D. Have fun. Moisturize your skin. Treat medical problems as they arise and keep a positive attitude.
Ages 66 to 76 – Avoid isolation and increase your social activities. Do mental exercises. Continue calcium and antioxidants with carnosine. Continue brain supplements such as DHEA and ginkgo. Do what you enjoy and discover new interests and directions.
Ages 77-Plus – Continue a healthy lifestyle. Avoid isolation and loneliness. Walk regularly and perform mental exercises every day. Take vitamins C, E, and selenium. You need the vitamin D coming from the sun so don’t avoid it. Have regular check-ups.
It is biologically possible to live to a healthy 120 years of age. Live in good health to a ripe old age. You can prevent age-related diseases with a healthy lifestyle, attitude, exercise, nutrition, and supplements.