Do animals age because they just wear out metabolically, or is aging genetically programmed into each animal?
Turtles don’t seem to die of old age; the • oldest known, at over 150 years, died of a freak accident. Turtles succumb only when something kills them; and something always does eventually.
The adult mayfly has a lifespan as brief as • three hours.
The ocean quahog clam is estimated to live • 220 years and the red sea urchin 200 years.
A mouse is elderly if it reaches four years and, • if protected from violent death, bacteria will usually ensure its mortality.
Such incongruities cannot help but generate questions: What is aging? (or senescence to use the gerontologists’ term) Is aging inevitable? Why do some animals live so much longer, or shorter, than others? For that matter, why should we even care?
Growing old gratefully is the key to growing old gracefully. However, being thankful to be alive, and therefore getting older, does not mean that aging should not be combated with every tool we have at our disposal. Rather, the war against aging is an affirmation of life, and it should be waged as aggressively and vigorously as possible. Thus, where determined resistance coexists with grateful acceptance, the ideal anti-aging mindset exists.
The Aging ‘Disease’
Whilst no one knows when it is going to show its face, aging ‘disease’ actually begins at the age of 25. This is when your body is finally out of its growing phase and will begin to slowly deteriorate. The disease is accelerated by the presence of free radicals in your cells. While free radicals are present, you won’t necessarily see signs or symptoms of aging disease, but your cells will begin their various phases of deterioration and every part of your body will be involved in the aging disease process.
The reason that aging ‘disease’ begins so early, yet we don’t see the signs of it for many years, is because the process of the disease starts at cellular level. By the age of thirty-five, you will have a large amount of damaged cellular protein in your body. This is caused by a number of external factors including stress, poor diet, and the oxidative stress of pollution. These factors, that have already worked their way into your body, will expose you to a host of potential harms. You could develop cancer or any of the degenerative diseases. Other symptoms of aging ‘disease’ in the body including hypertension, digestive imbalances and glucose intolerance, may also become apparent.
I’m going to get into what might be considered “nit-picking semantics” here, but considering how many arguments occur over terminology and its implications, I’d much rather err on the side of caution than on the side which assumes everyone uses particular terms in the same way and attaches the same associations to them. So hopefully you can bear with me as I thrash out some complex and controversial definitions. My intent here is not to play ‘word games’, but rather to attempt to synthesize some of what I’ve learned as a result of my research in this field.
In one sense, I understand what is meant when referring to aging as a ‘disease’. All too often, the term aging is used collectively for the set of bodily processes that eventually result in greater vulnerability to certain illnesses, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc., and consequently, death.
However, I now also recognize why the rhetorical device of ‘aging as disease’ bothers some people. To some, calling aging a ‘disease’ implies that there is something ‘wrong’ with old people as they exist today, and that us younger folk all ought to feel sorry for these poor, sick individuals. I know that not everyone has this interpretation, but that interpretation does exist, and I believe it to be a rather problematic one. Over time I’ve become sensitive to the problems that can stem from purposely framing something as wholly pathological, in order to prompt a sense of urgency.
Between the ages of 35 and 45, you will find that your body is beginning to deteriorate and whether you are showing the signs and symptoms of aging ‘disease’ or other age-related diseases, all depends on the way you take care of yourself. A good diet and exercise routine are extremely important at this stage. If you don’t start treating the disease at this point, there is little chance that you will get beyond the age of 55 without some age-related complication, including the symptoms of aging ‘disease’ and related conditions.
This brings us to the two main types of aging namely: Chronological and Biological aging.
Chronological age is based on time and is • same for everyone.
Biological age is based on several factors, • some controllable and others not. Biological aging differs from person to person.
Chronological age refers to how long you have been alive. The simple mathematical formula for determining chronological age is the same for everyone: current date minus your date of birth = chronological age. Therefore chronological age cannot be slowed down, stopped or accelerated.
Unlike chronological age, your biological age describes the state of your body. Biological aging can be sped up, slowed down, stopped or even reversed. Biological age tracks biological aging like a poorly trained dog follows its master. However, your actual biological aging is not set in stone, nor must it advance in lockstep with your years. Why not?
Recent advances in science have discovered that aging, optimal health and fat loss are members of the same gang, their master being HORMONES.
There is hope. You can begin treating aging ‘disease’ by following the guidelines of the ‘anti-aging disease’ program on www.db4e.com, which focuses on the five key elements of health: diet, exercise, stress reduction, nutritional supplements, and hormonal enhancement. These are the cure for aging ‘disease’ that you have been looking for. However, in order to get the most benefit from an ‘anti-aging disease’ program, you will want to start early.
After the age of 25, aging ‘disease’ never stops, so you will want to battle this disease with all the weapons in your arsenal. These include medical specialists who can guide you along your journey of age prevention with the right balance of hormones, nutrition, and psychology. Remember that aging ‘disease’ is not only a physical condition, it is also a mental state. If you are under a lot of stress or in a deep depression, age can take hold of your body early and never let go. In order to avoid this, you will want to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Don’t let aging ‘disease’ get you down or take control of your body. Fight it with all the resources at your disposal.
From now on, when it comes to your age, think ‘cellular’, not ‘calendar’. As simple as it sounds, giving your cells the right nutrients is the single, most overlooked, secret to relieving or reversing everything that comes to mind when you think of ‘aging ’. Included here are the life changing effects of aging like vision deterioration (cataracts), arthritis and joint degeneration, chronic pain, prostrate trouble, sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis and dementia to mention but a few. These age related ills are either caused or influenced by deficiencies of some kind.
Whether it’s a ‘nip n tuck’, wearing thicker glasses, expensive skin creams or patent drugs for joint pains, prostrate trouble, memory loss, bone disease, etc, today’s medicine is all about helping you cope with your symptoms, and not truly healing you from the inside out. The time has come to stop buckling under the pressure of the mainstream ‘pill-and-scalpel’ mantra. Starting now, you can engage in natural and proven solutions to feel, look and live younger, by following the db4e hormonal manipulation eating plan and hormonally intelligent exercise plan. This programme goes one step further by showing you that turning back the clock is in your hands. Aging is inevitable… But is it?