Thursday, July 11, 2013

How to Extend Your Life

Scientists are exploring ways to extend life by slowing the aging process on the cellular and molecular level. The Mprize is given by the Methuselah Foundation for the team that breaks the record for longest living mice, and one compound currently being tested with success is rapamycin, but it suppresses the immune system (and so increases the chances of certain cancers,) while studies on resveratrol (the red wine drug) haven't panned out as expected. Yet according to Dr. Cynthia Kenyon and others, a pill to extend life among humans via gene manipulation may be available within ten years, and Scientific American magazine says that people living a hundred years from now will look back at us as having pitifully short lives (as we do people living a hundred years ago.) Other articles in SA on the subject to look up are A New Path to Longevity by David Stipp, Why Can't We Live Forever? by Thomas Kirkwood, Unlocking the Secrets of Longevity Genes by David A. Sinclair and Lenny Guarente, and Can Human Aging Be Postponed? by Michael R. Rose. In the book The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie Martin the authors studied data tracking 1500 people across eight decades to debunk myths about social effects on aging. My own dramatic exploration of longevity science can be read or heard in the suspense novel The Methuselah Gene, read on audio by Tim Lundeen. What's the secret to living a long life? There are ways to extend life now, certainly, by avoiding the things our culture insists on indulging in, and instead going natural, eating less, (and getting up off the couch.) Until a pill comes along, these may be the only ways to ensure longevity in our biological bodies...although those pills may prove too expensive! After that? Well, the robots are coming, and they may have an idea no one is even considering...


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