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Programmed theories of aging

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, causing aging.
  • Endocrine theory - here, aging is caused by changes in hormones.
  • Immunological theory - this is the idea that the immune response is designed to decline(autoimmunity), leading to disease and aging.


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A medical student who is interested in the comings and goings of the universe.

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.

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