Not longer life, but better life

Not longer life, but better life

Winning the life span lottery

The need is enormous. In a decade, nearly 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 or older. Three out of 4 will have two or more serious health conditions. At least 1 in 4 can expect memory lapses and fuzzy thinking, while 1 in 10 will develop dementia.

“Right now doctors play whack-a-mole with chronic diseases in older adults. You treat one, another pops up,” says Felipe Sierra, director of the National Institute on Aging’s Division of Aging Biology. “The goal instead is to tackle aging itself, the major risk factor for almost every major disease.”

Winning the life span lottery

Right now, simply staying healthy into our 80s, 90s and beyond is a lot like hitting the Powerball jackpot. In a survey of 55,000 Americans age 65-plus, just 48 percent rated their health as very good or excellent.

Today’s questionable offerings range from stem cells, growth hormones and transfusions of teenage plasma, to supplements and more. In 2017, Americans spent $194 billion on products and treatments like these. 

But there may be hope on the horizon. In an article from AARP it discusses a new pill that may help more people live healthy into their 100’s.

What Speeds Aging Up

As we age, Mother Nature tosses all sorts of monkey wrenches
into the cellular machinery that once kept us healthy. Here are six of the ways
our bodies age on a cellular level.

Inflammation

A natural defense against infection, it can get stuck in
high gear as we age, boosting our risk for diabetes, cancer and more.

Metabolism

A protein called mTOR senses nutrients and determines when
to grow new cells. It can misfire and speed up with age.

Macromolecular damage

This refers to damage caused by free radicals,
mischief-making compounds that cause aging throughout our bodies by messing up
our DNA.

Proteostasis

Our body’s ability to heal itself — our internal “quality
control” — is reduced as we age, resulting in undead “zombie cells.”

Stem cells

These become new cells for rebuilding body components. With
age, this process slows; the body gets less able to activate stem cells.

Stress response

Physical and emotional stress take a greater physical toll
as we age. Especially harmful are big short-term stresses (such as losing a
spouse) and chronic low-level stress (caregiving, financial problems and the
like).

 

What Slows Aging Down

Doctors can’t yet prescribe a life-extending pill. They can
offer an Rx for a life-extending way of living.

Fruits
and vegetables

There are more than 20,000 different phytonutrients in
fruits and vegetables, and each has a unique role in fighting age-related
damage to our bodies.

Lean
protein

Studies have shown that people hold on to muscle better if
they eat enough protein — at least 25 to 30 grams per meal.

Strength
training

This can help improve metabolism and mobility, by
maintaining muscle.

Aerobic
exercise

Walk, run, bike — move for a minimum of 30 minutes, five
times a week.

Sunscreen
and shades

They help reduce the sun exposure that activates free
radicals and damages DNA.

Weight
loss

Losing extra pounds, especially around the midsection, can
help reduce inflammation.

Vacation

Offset chronic stress, which speeds aging by producing
inflammation. For acute stress, such as grief, counseling may help.

 

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.

Rod Stone
Author,
Publisher and Founder of r Healthy Living Solutions, LLC,  Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve
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