Is aging a disease?
Dear Longevity Insider,
Dr. Anil Bajnath here with your Monday roundup.
Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, heart attack, arthritis, osteoporosis… all of these are considered age-related diseases.
It’s typical in modern medicine for doctors to attack each disease in a patient one by one.
But scientists propose a different scenario:
What if aging itself was treated as a disease?
Given that the 65+ population is projected to double by 2060 in the United States, age-related disease is a growing concern.
A new Harvard study suggests making aging the target, instead of merely attacking all of these individual aging-related illnesses and diseases.
“People don’t think about aging as something that is treatable or should be treated like a disease,” said David Sinclair, co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research at Harvard Medical School and one of the authors of the study. “But it is a disease. It’s just a very common one.”
In fact, I have done very in-depth research about the no. 1 cause of early aging. It’s one that often goes undetected because, frankly, many haven’t heard of it. I’d rather focus on the root of the problem, instead of the aftermath of it.
“Instead of practicing health care in this country, we’re practicing sick care — or what I call ‘whack-a-mole medicine,’” said Sinclair, a biologist who focuses on epigenetics, which studies how behaviors and environments impact a person’s gene expression. “Medical research is moving towards not just putting Band-Aids on the symptom of disease, but getting at the major root cause of all major diseases — which is aging itself.”
In Sinclair’s study, researchers compared healthspan and the economy (as it relates to health care). The results showed that “increasing ‘healthy’ life expectancy by just 2.6 years could result in a $83 trillion value to the economy.”
But Sinclair gets more specific...
“It would reduce the incidents of cancer, dementia, cardiovascular disease and frailty,” Sinclair said. “In total, we’re spending 17 percent of everything we generate on health care – and largely that’s spent in the last year of life.”
Imagine what would happen if this ever growing age group of 65+ started targeting the cause of aging now.
I’m talking about cellular senescence. Over a period of your time, the cells in your body will continue to divide. But according to Hayflick’s Limit, your cells can divide only a certain amount of times. When they reach their final division, they become toxic.
These toxic cells are also affectionately known as “zombie cells.”
They’re not dead, but they’re still not quite alive. And they’ve been shown to lead to many “age-related” diseases.
But there is a scientifically backed way to flush these toxic zombie cells out of the body. It’s called autophagy.
And in my most prized research, you’ll learn everything you need to know about it. To your longevity, Anil Bajnath MD
Warning: Once you view this short video, you’ll never view aging the same.
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ
To your longevity,
Anil Bajnath MD