The Aging Process-Part 1

Getting to be an old person is something we all will do, providing we live long enough. There is no doubt that we age; some believe we start aging prior to being born. Right now there is an old saying that has been proven true. There is only two things we all must do; pay taxes and die. That saying is as true today as it was when it was first coined.

Researchers and other have been looking for the “fountain of youth” for an extremely long time. Part of that search is how we can reverse aging, and if not, how to slow it down. There have been recorded cases where people have lived to age 120. So, how do these people look so young and continue to do well? They may have some kind of treatment that gives them the appearance of looking younger than they actually are.

Today the treatment for the effects of the aging process is a multi-billion dollar business. When was the last time you bought some skin cream or a product of some sort that was supposed to give an energy boost? Look at how many people go to a plastic surgeon and have parts of their body cut away or reshaped into what they believe will make they look younger.

Many people want to stay young and if they can they will definitely look for something that will help them. But getting older and aging is a normal process and everyone has to go through it. We know that everyone in the world ages slightly differently. We age differently within our own bodies. Organs age at different rates and in different ways.

How Does Our Body Age and Change?

How our bodies age and change has brought about more than 300 theories on how we age. A few of those theories are: free radical theory, mitochondrial theory, gene regulation theory, telomere theory, inflammation hypothesis, immune theory, neuroedocrine theory, neuroedocrine-immuno theory, and caloric restriction. The most prominent one is the free radical theory and even has many individual theories developed within that theory. One of the terms that seems to be arreed upon in this theory is oxidative stress. Generally, this primarily means that there is an imbalance of free radical production as opposed to antioxidant production. The antioxidants defend our bodies against the free radicals, but unfortunately in many people there seems to be more free radicals than antioxidants.

Our body has aging cells. These cells just get old and die. They stop producing because somewhere along the line the switch is turned off so they cannot reproduce anymore.

We also have cells that reproduce well and help our organs continue functioning for a long time to keep us going. Even as we get older our organs continue to function, but not at the level as they did when we were younger.

We also have cells that continue to reproduce no matter what we do. These are commonly referred to as cancer cells. We do know how to make certain ones stop reproducing, but most of the time that way is not healthy for us.

Of course, we all know that there are many other things that happen to us that make our bodies change and age. We can’t stop those things from happening. It doesn’t make any difference what we do. It’s just a question of how graceful we want to age. Some people do this very well and others feel like a Mac truck has run over them. In the next article we will look at three areas we must consider when as we age.