If old age is simply a disease, then it can be cured? – Ukr.Media
If old age is simply a disease, then it can be cured?
Learn how we will ever cope with the disease, which until now were considered incurable – with old age? Some experts answer in the affirmative. According to them, we need to start treating the aging process in the same way we treat disease.
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The list of diseases which man has learned to treat is truly impressive: polio, typhoid, measles, tetanus, yellow fever, smallpox, diphtheria, chicken pox – many regions of the world almost completely free from these diseases, reports Rus.Media.
Vaccines and powerful medicines allow the person to overcome the dangerous and often deadly bacteria and viruses.
However, as humanity can remember, people have always been prone to diseases, which is unable to manage none of the most talented doctor. Aging cannot be avoided, none of us, and no one has been able to cure old age.
As we age, our cells cease to work as before, which leads to cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Diseases associated with age, daily claim the lives of 100 thousand male, and around the world spent a lot of money in order to slow down the aging process of our eternal bodies.
However, some researchers believe that our view of old age is fundamentally wrong. According to them, we need to start treating the aging process in the same way we treat disease. Old age, according to them, this is what you can avoid that it can be cured.
Some of these scientists trying to find ways to slow or even stop aging.
The hopes of these professionals based on the latest discoveries on the basis of which it can be assumed that biological aging is treated.
From a biological point of view, the body, depending on genetic and environmental factors that can age at different speeds. Small failures accumulate in our DNA, and the cells begin to function with errors, which also accumulate, leading to tissue damage.
The degree of change occurring in the body, has the result or what we call a healthy old age, or old age, are burdened with chronic diseases.
Scientists, who hope to slow down and even cure a person of old age, are still at the periphery of the academic medical landscape.
The hopes of these professionals based on the latest discoveries
However, there are already a sufficient number of research centres have made this task a priority. Experiments on animals have shown that life expectancy can be substantially increased. There is hope that this is possible with man.
For example, the famous medication for diabetes during the studies extended the life of rodents.
One of the most famous world experts studying the possibility of extending life, the British gerontologist Aubrey de grey told Bi-bi-si, the increase of life expectancy may be possible for humans.
Dee grey – Chairman and chief science officer of the SENS Foundation (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence, “strategies for engineering negligible senescence methods”). As he explains, the goal of the Foundation is to develop therapeutic range for people of middle and old age that will help them return to physical and mental condition of the person, who is 30.
“Of course, not erasing the memory,” he adds.
Di gray says “I want to get rid of what we don’t like the changes that occur when we age – between 30 and 70 years old.”
I want to get rid of what we don’t like the changes that occur as we age
According to Di gray, there are seven major biological factors responsible for cell damage that accompany aging and are the basis of disease developing with age.
One of these factors is when the cells in the tissues no longer recover quickly enough. Other – when cells start to divide uncontrollably (like cancer). Third – when cells do not die when they should (also linked to cancer).
Fourth – damage the DNA of mitochondria, tiny power plants of our cells. The fifth is the accumulation of degradation products inside the cells. Sixth – decay products that accumulate outside the cells. And the seventh to increase the rigidity of the intercellular substance, the extracellular matrix that is responsible for the ability of tissues to stretch and bend.
Di grey and the SENS team of researchers say they have discovered the ways in which it is possible to defeat each of these factors, applying their developed therapy.
“The first problem can be cured with stem cell treatment,” says Dee gray.
The tissue of the body gets a fresh, young cells, which are replaced by old, die as a result of aging.
In other cases – for example, when cells do not die when good – need more complex solutions.
“In principle, we could apply such a targeted impact on genes, after which the body will appear “genes-suicide” – those that will produce proteins that simply kill the cell,” explains Di grey.
The problem, however, is to obtain genes that would create deadly protein only in those cells that are no longer needed by the body.
According to Di gray, these methods will not be enough to completely stop aging, but they can prolong life 30 years.
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