Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life, and these days there seems to be more and more evidence that the best way to achieve this is by making small lifestyle changes while you’re still young. Staying away from fatty red meat, quitting smoking, always wearing sunscreen—these are the sort of healthy habits to start practicing now if you want to improve your longevity. But it turns out
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An Aging Population
Adults over the age of 85 are becoming the fastest growing population sector.[i] According to the U.S. Census Bureau projections, the aging population will more than double by the year 2050, to 80 million. At that time approximately 1 in 5 Americans will be “elderly”. The majority of this growth will occur between 2010 and 2030. Literature has shown that Aging and disability are linked. Current estimates indicate that 52.6% of people over age 75 have disabilities. [ii]
According to researchers at the SENS Foundation, there is a good chance that the diseases that come with aging (heart disease, cancer, stroke) will be eliminated within the next 25 years. This prediction is for the sort of sea change in health care that the industrialized world gained over infectious diseases in the 1900s. SENS founder, Dr. De Grey, envisions a world in which people will go to their doctors for regular “maintenance” which will include gene therapies, stem cell therapies, immune stimulation and a range of additional advanced types of medical care that will prevent the cell damage that leads to aging.
The funny thing is that it’s been inside each of us all along. Researchers at Tel Aviv University have found that physical activity can help us look younger. They found that “endurance” exercises can unlock the stem cells in our muscles, resulting in a younger looking you.