People vary widely. Some run fast, some walk slowly, some grow quickly– others are “late bloomers.”
So what about aging? Is it possible that we vary from each other in terms of how fast we age. I am not talking about people who live hard and die young. Could there be an internal biological clock that determines the velocity of our aging?
The answer is — probably — yes.
From the Guardian…
Scientists have isolated a gene sequence that appears to determine how fast our bodies age, the first time a link between DNA and human lifespan has been found.
The discovery could have a profound impact on public health and raises the best hope yet for drugs that prevent the biological wear and tear behind common age-related conditions such as heart disease and certain cancers.
The work is expected to pave the way for screening programmes to spot people who are likely to age fast and be more susceptible to heart problems and other conditions early in life. People who test positive for the gene variant in their 20s could be put on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and encouraged to exercise, eat healthily and avoid smoking.
The breakthrough is unlikely to lead to drugs that dramatically extend lifespan, but doctors say it may help prolong the lives of patients whose genes make them susceptible to dying young.
The research gives the kind of insight into the biology of ageing that has not emerged from work on other strategies that claim to extend lifespan, such as consuming vast quantities of antioxidants or pursuing a severely calorie-restricted diet.
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