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There are about 300+ theories of aging, some which have been broken down here. Along with them, certain lifestyle changes which could slow down the physiological effects of aging. is also given.


Why Do We Age, and Can Anything Be Done to Stop or Slow it?

Why Do We Age, and Can Anything Be Done to Stop or Slow it?



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Types of aging

Aging can be categorized into two types and due to two types of factors, intrinsic and extrinsic.

  • Intrinsic aging is a genetically predetermined process that occurs naturally.
  • Extrinsic aging is a result of out...

Programmed theories of aging

  • Programmed aging theories say that our cells have a predetermined lifespan that’s encoded into our bodies. These include:
  • Gene theory - suggests that specific genes turn “on” and “off” over time, caus...

Error theories of aging

  • Wear and tear theorycells break down and become damaged over time.
  • Genome instability theory -aging happens because the body loses its ability to repair DNA damage.
  • Cross-linkage theory

Genetic theories of aging

  • Telomere theory- Telomeres protect the ends of your chromosomes as they multiply. Over time, telomeres shorten, which is associated with disease and aging.
  • Programmed ...

Evolutionary theory of aging

It says that an organism begins aging after they have reached their peak of reproduction and have passed down adaptive traits.

  • Mutation accumulation - This theory presumes that random mutations accumulate later in life.

Biochemical theory of aging

  • Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) - AGEs develop when fats or protein are exposed to sugar. High levels may lead to oxidative stress, which speeds up aging.

In most parts of the world, women live longer than men . This is due to several biological, social, and environmental factors.

  • Estrogen is the female sex hormone, an...

How to slow down aging

  • Eat a nutritious diet - Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Limit processed foods .
  • Stay active - Aim for 30 minutes a ...

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