weekly blog--one for the ages
As part of HubWeek, I attended a panel discussion last Friday about Ageless Aging. Sorry to report that there are no elixirs in the immediate future. But don’t be surprised if it turns out to be a protein found in the blood called GDF11 that slows down the biological aging process. A Harvard University research team published a paper two years ago that reported that injecting old mice with GDF11 can partially reverse age-related thickening of the heart. Another study showed that a blood protein called GDF8 kept muscles from weakening.
Meanwhile, researchers express their goal to stop or reverse the aging in terms of lifespan and health span. Lifespan is the length of life for an organism. The maximum recorded lifespan for humans, reported in 2010, was 122.5 years for females and 116 years for males. Health span are the years you live in relatively good health. However, no matter how long you live, whether it’s into the 70s, 80s, 90s or100s, at some point you are likely to succumb to one or more of the diseases of aging—most often more than one.
Until the magic anti-aging pill arrives, there are more modest ways to extend your health span: stay trim and slim, eat healthy foods, exercise every day (physical and mental), reduce stress and sugar in-take, and get out and meet people (socialization). Two other factors that play a large part in determining how long you will live: family genes and your blood pressure level.
A New Section to the ConfrontingAging website: http://www.confrontingaging.com/you-know-you-are-aging-when.html