Is the fountain of youth real?
Featured in The Huffington Post 26/07/16
Eternal youth is a concept that has tantalized humanity since we could first conceive the idea. Watching our family and friends, and indeed ourselves, grow old is something we all must experience, but almost all of us will have wished at some point we could slow, or even stop, the process. So why do we age, and is there anything we can do to slow it down?
Biological aging, also called “senescence”, is a major part of the field of study known as gerontology and is defined as: “a progressive deterioration of physiological function, an intrinsic age-related process of loss of viability and increase in vulnerability”. Indeed, as we age, the risk of developing most serious diseases increases greatly, and many of these serious conditions are now classed as “aging-related diseases”. The effects of senescence are therefore by far the leading cause of death, with approximately 65% of all deaths attributed to age-related causes. In industrialized countries, this figure increases to as much as 90%.