Your peek into the aging process.
In recent years, discoveries have shown how aging is controlled by specific biochemical processes and genetic pathways. Understanding where it happens and how it happens opens the door to being able to control the aging process. Research is revealing ways that we can intervene and slow down the rate of aging by delaying the damage—or even reversing it. We can stay younger longer, and we can retain youthful cells, even into our older years. Our understanding of aging pathways is constantly growing. Scientists have identified 9 key triggers of the aging process. These “hallmarks of aging” are crucial to understanding how the body thrives and what happens when it doesn’t. These mechanisms that signal that the body is starting to break down are: genomic instability, telomere attrition, epigenetic alterations, loss of proteostasis, deregulated nutrient sensing, mitochondrial dysfunction, cellular senescence, stem cell exhaustion and altered intracellular communication. Scientists are focusing on these areas to find ways to slow the aging process and increase healthspan. Understanding how aging works—and how to minimize it—is providing opportunities to start to change the way we live and the way we think about our future.
September 30, 2020Read More