Aging is defined as becoming older from various mechanisms that start to deteriorate and lead to a slow decline of health over time. Many people want to feel young again and not show their age. However, our lifestyle and where we live plays a role in the physical decline of our body. Gravity always wins and no botox, implants, surgery can alter how our face, arms, chest, and legs get affected as we get older. Doctors have been looking at ways to stop the aging process and even reverse it. But, is that even possible? Many people want to believe there’s a way to extend your beauty even as you get older, but the short answer to the question of reversing aging is that it is not yet possible but probably will be in the near future.
While studies have shown some progress in reversing the age of cells, humans still cannot reverse the age of their whole bodies. So far, the possibility has been proven in mice, according to scientists at The Salk study. In living middle-aged mice, they used four genes, known as the Yamanaka factors, to rejuvenate muscles and the pancreas, which extended their lifespan by 30 percent. The experiment led The Salk study to believe strongly that aging originates from epigenetic changes and that, in theory, adults can also improve their lifespan through this process, but complications on the mice’s health showed some unanswered questions regarding the rest of the body’s reaction to such treatment.
A component to aging is damage to our DNA and our telomeres being shortened as we get older and not being able to contain all of our DNA. Sometimes, this comes from a genetic inheritance that predetermines the future health of a person. But recent studies from Stanford University School of Medicine in California have shown telomeres can be extended to reduce the damage that happens. By using a modified form of ribonucleic acid (RNA) on human cells, telomeres can increase in length by 10%. Other research also indicates proper dieting, such as high consumption in vegetables and fruit and low consumption of dairy and meat could extend the life of a regular telomere size.
There are other ways to extend your life span while you are young and healthy. If you drink, do so only in moderation as excessive alcohol damages cells and affects liver function. Always get the proper amount of sleep so the body has time to repair cells and rest the heart. While having sunlight is healthy for the skin, staying out in the sun for long periods can damage skin cells and age them faster than normal.
At this point in technological and medical development aging is inevitable and cannot be stopped, even with new ways to help slow the process. But science has shown that shortly, reversing our aging can be a tangible treatment. The best course of action right now is to stay as healthy and fit as possible until such solutions are available.