For those of us who daydream about living in an era when we finally beat aging and extend our life expectancies, there is good news: those days are not so far away.
As a matter of fact, scientists estimate that we need only around 10 to 20 years to break the code of eternity.
Yes, the ultimate dream of humanity to prevent the aging process and achieve longevity is on the cusp of being achieved and, oddly enough, what’s helping us unlock the secret of eternal youth is one of our mortal enemies—cancer.
Scientists have long accepted that the aging of body cells is a natural process. We know that cells can divide only a limited number of times before they deteriorate and die.
However, malignant cancer cells are virtually immortal. They possess large quantities of an enzyme called telomerase , which aids in extending the life cycles of such cells.
Since the 1980s, research has shown that loss of telomerase in healthy cells can be an important instigator of the ageing process. Studies are now being conducted to determine whether aging can be reversed by boosting telomerase activity in normal cells.
Advances in genetics have also led scientists to discover key genes that may help slow the aging process. Mutations in these genes have already been demonstrated to extend the lifespan of mice and fruit flies, and they could very well apply humans.
Researchers have even claimed that they are one step closer to vanishing wrinkles by identifying the code of the beauty genes responsible for skin aging. New technologies will target these genes, revealing ways to transform old looking skin to youthful suppleness.
While we are waiting for these age-defying breakthroughs to be applied and proved on humans, there are some simple steps we can be taking right now to help increase the length of our lives. Here are three good ones:
Starve Yourself – Odd as it may seem, deliberate fasting has been found to extend life expectancies in both animals and humans. Periodically restricting food consumption promotes detoxification and stimulates the immune system.
Exercise More – Fitness has been linked to health in general. It helps the body fight off disease and can directly reduce the negative effects of aging.
Limit Stress – Mental stress will always be correlated with chronic diseases. By simplifying your life and enjoying it as much as possible, you increase the odds of living longer as well as happily ever after.
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