“Fountain of Youth – New Hopes from Anti Aging Research Scientists“
Eternal youth has always been one of the most popular dreams that many people shared for ages. And it still is. Human beings have started to try to fight age a long time ago, but unfortunately no really impressive discoveries have been done. That is why the mankind switched from anti aging research for a fountain of youth to the search of less difficult medicines: those that can help to fight with hair loss and those that can bring the sex drive back. For a long time even this was impossible.
Later on the scientists have developed some drugs and methods that can solve the issues of hair loss and lost sex drive and decided that now they can reach further and finally start working on the problem of aging. They have started to look for some ways that can help to postpone aging, to pause it. Maybe, once the medicine against age will be found that will help the process of aging stop. Then, it will be a revolutionary discovery that might change a lot in our society and in the whole world.
However, for now there are no such means. Aging is a very special and delicate matter. Not everybody ages the same. Some people get gray hair, others – lines in the corners of their eyes, but they all have one thing in common â€“ the process of aging is irreversible. Our organs, tissues and other parts of our body wear out, we lose a number of our abilities and our health gets worse and worse until we finally cannot function and die.
Will anti aging research for a fountain of youth ever succeed?
A number of studies have already proved that the process of aging is not really something you cannot stop. As you age, some of your organs get worse and might even break, but every broken thing can be healed again. Our cells stop replacing themselves with new ones and the body gets old, they get filled with special material called lipofusxin that cannot be digested by cells and that reduces the range of cells’ operations. Cells, sugars, protein and other compounds of our body undergo mutations and changes, stem cells get lost and our body loses its ability to repair itself.
If the body cannot repair itself any longer, we can offer some help. Like all the vehicles that break can serve for longer time if they are maintained well. The situation with human body is alike. That is why some biogerontologists started to think about the cooperation with engineers. Breaking and mending things is a problem that engineers have very often to cope with, why cannot they help biogerontologists then to mend human bodies?
Such biogerontologist as Aubrey de Grey who believes that aging can be stopped, suggests a new approach. It is called Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS). This approach is based on the theory that if some of the most important body breakdowns are fixed, the person can postpone aging. He and the team of other researchers have developed this approach grounded by the number of studies. However, any anti-aging drugs can be introduced not sooner that in 20-30 years.
Apart from SENS, a number of other things have proved that they have anti-aging qualities. Red wine is one of them. This product contains resveratrol that is responsible for the prolonged life. This element is also activated in human’s body when the person is on a diet. A number of resveratrol supplements have already been introduced to the public. Besides, some anti-diabetes drugs have age-retarding properties as well.
At Stanford, scientists have discovered a special element that makes the skin of the laboratory mice get younger. However, this product is totally not ready for humans yet. Just imagine, how well would such a product sell! Different anti-aging cosmetics hit all the records, what would happen to real anti-aging product then?
In the main time, many people are questioning if anti-aging drugs are worthy taking at all. Do you need more years in your eighties? No, everybody want to live longer being younger, and not to prolong the old age. That is why at the present time there are so many scientists that do not believe that anti-aging drugs can bring any good when they are found.
On the other side, there are a lot of people who are looking forward for the human lifespan to be extended. Then, people would be able to retire later and that will save billions to the economies of different countries and to their people.
Nowadays people in the developed countries already live longer. Even though it might still be a question whether or not future will bring any hope, most of us still look forward to the time when you pop a immortality pill . Just don’t forget to thank your local anti aging research scientist…
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