Hit the Rewind Button on Aging - Part 1
Dear Longevity Insider,
Age is just a number, or so the saying goes. But what if your age really was just a number?
And what if that number was higher than it should be? It is no secret that the older we get, the more susceptible we become to health problems.
Many people believe that this is simply because our bodies wear out over time, but research has shown that this may not be the case at all.
In fact, a large portion of the problems we face as we age may be due to biological age – or the rate at which our cells are aging. Luckily, there are steps we can take to slow down and even reverse cellular aging.
Aging refers to the accumulation of changes in a person over time. Age can affect many different systems and functions in the human body, including:
- The skin
- The immune system
- Sex drive
- Sleep patterns
However, aging does not only refer to the physical changes that occur in the body over time. There is also such a thing as biological aging, which refers to the rate at which our cells are aging. The good news is that, unlike chronological age, biological age is not set in stone. In other words, we have some control over how fast our cells age.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to cellular aging, including:
- Free radical damage
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Exposure to toxins
Fortunately, there are also a number of things we can do to help slow down and even reverse cellular aging. The first step to reversing your biological age is understanding what causes cellular aging in the first place. Our cells are constantly replicating and dividing, but they don’t do so perfectly. Every time a cell divides, it loses a tiny bit of genetic material. This accumulating damage is known as “telomere shortening,” and it is one of the main drivers of cellular aging.
In addition to telomere shortening, our cells can also be damaged by free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells, proteins, and DNA. They are produced naturally in the body as a byproduct of metabolism, but they can also come from external sources like pollution, UV radiation, and cigarette smoke.
Inflammation is another factor that contributes to cellular aging. Inflammation is a natural process that helps the body heal, but when it becomes chronic, it can damage cells and lead to a number of age-related diseases like heart disease and arthritis.
Stress can also cause cellular aging. When we are stressed, our bodies produce a hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol is designed to help us deal with short-term stress, but when it is produced on a chronic basis, it can damage cells and lead to inflammation.
So, now that we know what causes cellular aging, what can we do to reverse it? Many would argue that this bit of classified anti-aging research jumpstarted them in reversing cellular aging.
To your longevity, Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ
To your longevity,
Anil Bajnath MD