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Older, wiser and perhaps healthier? It may sound too good to be true, but , author of , says that growing older doesn’t have to lead to infirmity. Science is finding ways to intervene in the aging process, and to improve the quality of our later years. After all, some organisms on Earth live for centuries, so there may be good models for rethinking and easing the process of getting older. Armstrong says that while there’s no magic elixir for aging, there is a more hopeful future ahead.
- Gerontology research doesn’t just want to make you live longer, but better. Reaching your nineties won’t feel great if you’re infirm. That’s why there’s so much focus on the biological processes of aging - and figuring out how to hack these processes for our benefit.
- You may have heard that chocolate and wine have health-improving qualities. But Armstrong tells us you’d have to consume an unrealistically large quantities of those foods to get any real benefit. So, while there isn’t a single food to focus on, there are lifestyle changes, including having a , that can extend our lifespan, according to Armstrong.
- Armstrong says that a widely accepted theory for why we age is the “disposable soma theory.” The theory says we age because our bodies invest most of our energy into reproduction and resources for the next generation, rather than maintaining individual health. Could there be a way
- What’s the hype around antioxidants, and is it justified? Find out more by TIME Magazine.
- The BBC looks at and the organisms on our planet that seem to live forever.
- We might be able to slow down the aging process, but can we reverse it? Scientific American
- David Sinclair, co-director of , talked to us a while back about the limits of the human lifespan. Listen to the interview , and check out some of his more recent work .