CAN AGEING BE REVERSED?

Could you even imagined that there could be an electrically driven car?

Well, that is a reality today! It is also in the realm of possibility that we could be looking at living to 200 years or more according to some experts.

What can really help us to live a healthy life beyond 100 years?

With many advances in Artificial Intelligence enabled diagnostics, wearables, age-reversing pills and other longevity focussed areas of innovation a child born today can expect to live well over 100 years.

What are the three horizons of longevity as per a publication by Crunch base news?

The first is about wear-ables, Do It Yourself diagnostics, diet, digital health care delivery. Early cancer diagnostics have helped immensely. Artificial Intelligence is playing a big role in radiology. There are technologies that will be available in the next 10 years that will not only slow down the ageing process but reverse the ageing process. These include gene therapy, regenerative medications and age reversal medications. In the next 50 years, complete organ replacement, machine-brain integration and the Internet of the body are the possibilities.

How would slowing ageing help to increase longevity?

Nowadays chronic diseases, to which older people are particularly susceptible, make up the primary cause of death around the world. Slowing ageing can help prevent disease because it lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and cancer. In the present context, what do the experts say? There are certainly positive steps that you can take to increase your life by at least 10 years! One of the most important decisions that you should take is to never retire! Retirement is a most contagious debilitating disease. Many experts agree on that!

What are certain habits that need to be changed to increase longevity?

The best decision that can help you to live longer is to quit smoking and stop chewing tobacco. Avoid alcohol to the best of your ability. According to Laura Berman, be future-minded. Guilts and regrets are the things of the past. Evolving and changing is how we stay young. Cut fats from your diet and increase omega 3 fatty acids. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Animal experiments suggest that reducing food intake by 30% increases longevity.

In today’s world, how can we slow down ageing?

Yes certainly! Maintaining a positive attitude towards life is most important! Exercise regularly, show interest in science, technology and research in human biology. Surround yourself with optimistic individuals and shun away from negativism. At the end of the day make an audit of the challenges that you could successfully tackle and the need for improvisation to make you more effective the next day.

What about animal experiments?

Recent animal studies have indicated that vision in mice could be restored by genetic programming of the retinal cells. The cells in the retina were programmed in a way that delayed or reversed their degeneration.

What about the recent experiments carried out by scientists from Israel?

The research was done on 35 volunteers above 64 years of age. They were provided with clean oxy-gen for 90 minutes a day, 5 days a week in a pressurized chamber. The experiments continued for 3 months. The results were astounding. Scientists claimed that ageing in all 35 volunteers got arrested. This was reverse ageing at its best!
All over the world, scientists are in pursuit of a magic pill that would reverse or slow down the process of ageing. Till then the basics like exercises, diet control, avoiding smoking and alcohol, regular medical checkups and breathing clean air and having an optimistic attitude towards life can certainly help us to slow our ageing and help us to improve our longevity.

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Dr Jay Deshmukh is Chief Physician and Director, Sunflower Hospital, Nagpur Honorary Physician to Honorable Governor of Maharashtra and PondicherryCentral. Dr Jay Deshmukh is an M.B.B.S., M.C.P.S., F.C.P.S., M.N.A.M.S., MD From Internal Medicine – Bombay and New Delhi.

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