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Human Aging, Position Paper
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FAD AGING CURES EXPOSED, by leading scientists
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Genes and aging
Insulin's effect upon the SKN-1 gene and aging
Telemores, sexual size dimorphism and gender gap in life expectancy
SKIN AGING: causes & treatments
BIOCHEMCIAL APPROACHES TO AGING: 1984 summation
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
LEFT HANDERS EARLY DEATH MYSTERY, 5 articles thereon
Carbohydrates and aging and age related diseases
Arthritis reduced with vigorous physical activity
Why Women Live Longer than Men

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There is an alarming laxity in the production of research, education of public and doctors, and standards of FDA approval for drugs, as well as the monitoring of safety and effectiveness of drugs.  For 2 chapters of the best book on how big PHARMA has manipulated the above and much more by Doctor Marcia Angell (Harvard Professor and former editor of New England Journal of Medicine).

 

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The best way to slow  aging for post-menopausal women and men whose testosterone level is below 350 is to take natural hormone replacement—around the age of 65.  [Note, an article on aging and hormones will be up on this site by 12/2014.]  But until then go to Testosterone and HRTThe drop in hormones with age is part of nature’s of promoting death during the 7th decade (a clear advantage in the hunter-gatherer societies).  The use of exogenous hormones send a message to the bodys that the women is premenopausal and the man is younger than 60. 

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The most important thing to prolonging life is to avoid the worst three:  tobacco 7 years, obesity 5 years, and recreational drugs 3 years.  Lifestyle is important, thus for example, Seventh Day Adventists life on an average 2 years longer, they are vegetarians, but they also less like to do the worst 3.  Those who feel better physically at middle age are less like to do the worst three. 

There are two sides to measuring life, one of duration the other of quality.  Those things that improve quality also improve longevity.  For a number of reasons, to complex to set out here, hormone replacement contributes to quality of life.  For quality of life, vigorous exercise is best; however, this should be augmented with either female hormones or male hormones.  In fact it seems that women, since there testosterone level drop past menopause, that they would benefit with a restoration of this hormone to a youthful level.  Vigorous exercise improves both quality and longevity a Finish study shows.  A very marked reduction in coronary death of 65% for 2009 Finish male athletes who competed in international competition between 1920 and 1965 in either running or cross country skiing, and died between 1971 and 1995.  Moreover, this group, compared to the general populace experience only 108 deaths versus an expected 189, a reduction of 57%.  This study does not consider lifestyle as a contravening variable—like most other studies.  Vigorous exercise before the age of 30 is the best. 

        Aging has many causes, most prominent are:  (1) the reduction in performance of the mitochondria due to reactive chemicals produced therein; (2) the braking of hydrogen bonds especially the cystine to an adjacent hydrogen, which causes a modification of the shape of polypeptides and proteins; and (3) senescence. By making the mitochondria work less (being 25% below thin body weight) a number of animal studies have yielded an increase in the life expectancy of about 25%, thought not in maximal life expectancy.  To date there has been no convincing demonstration of chemical intervention to slow these processes down.  Claims to the contrary are so common that a group of prominent scientists went public.  Vigorous exercise, an aspirin a day, avoiding the deadly three, and hormone replacement are the best ways to extend life and improve its quality. 

 

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