The search for everlasting youth and longevity has been an obsession of cultures from early civilization. But despite vast scientific (and many very unscientific!) efforts, the mechanisms behind aging remain poorly understood.
We still don’t know what triggers aging to start, why it proceeds at different rates in some species, or even why individuals within the same species age at different rates. We do know that it is complex, and depends not only upon genetic factors but also diet, exercise, diseases, and our environment.
Recently, researchers have discovered two key processes that are common to a plethora of aging-associated diseases. One process involves the degradation of protein and the other involves the dysfunction of vital cellular components responsible for a number of different processes including energy production.
Although these two processes have been separately implicated in aging, experts from the Department of Neuroscience, at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, believe they are actually interconnected, and understanding this connection may help speed the search for treatments to counteract ageing and age-related diseases.
Read the full study here to learn more.