Combat Aging: Is it Possible?

In recent years, scientists have been exploring ways to combat aging and prolong human life. While some experiments have shown that the reversal of the aging process is possible in some cases, it is not yet possible to reverse aging in humans. Despite the hype about young blood transfusions in Silicon Valley, a new study suggests that it is impossible to stop or even reverse the aging process. One thing we can't change is the natural aging process.

Over time, we all get visible lines on the face, our skin becomes thinner and drier, and our face loses some of its youthful fullness. Our genes largely control when these changes occur, and this type of aging is known as “intrinsic aging”. In an effort to combat aging, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has reportedly invested in Altos Labs, a new anti-aging company. Statins are already distributed today to lower cholesterol and prevent strokes and heart disease, and anti-aging or “gerotherapeutic” drugs could also be prescribed to prevent diseases of old age.

As part of the Aging Dogs Project in the U. S., 500 canines are helping to assess the value of another alleged anti-aging treatment, called rapamycin. Miller admits that the transition from anti-aging drug interventions from mice to humanity will not be easy. Someday, anti-aging drugs can “remove damage from the body by resetting or turning back the clock”.

Altos Labs is far from being the first biotechnology to explore anti-aging and longevity, and it is not Bezos' first foray into this field either. The approximately 30 bonafide anti-aging companies that exist are more interested in developing their own patented therapies than in easily accessible drugs such as metformin or quercetin. Metformin could become the first authorized anti-aging drug with the ability not only to prolong life, but to prolong a healthy life. With a handful of promising anti-aging drugs already in place, aging has never looked so “treatable” and yet there is only one final problem.

Researchers are also looking for CRISPR gene editing technology for anti-aging treatments, but testing is only done on mice so far. Based on the results of a blood test, which could tell you how quickly you age and what diseases you are prone to, a doctor may prescribe one or more anti-aging medications. Over the past two decades, the science of anti-aging has moved from science fiction to academically rigorous, evidence-based, peer-reviewed science. Bailey said Juvenescence expects to have at least four anti-aging products on the market within seven years. In addition, changes to the Food and Drug Administration rules governing the introduction of new drugs will be needed to make anti-aging drugs more readily available to people.

Kristen Barbre
Kristen Barbre

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