Ageing: The Incurable Deadly Disease

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The Science of Ageing 

Ageing affects everyone, and eventually, ageing will lead to death every time. In our everyday busy lives, the thought of getting old creeps into everyone’s mind at some point. But, of course, some think about ageing and death more often than others.

But what causes people to age in the first place?

Several internal and external factors can speed up or slow down the ageing process, like exercise, diet, and environmental stressors that contribute to cell damage and repair, affecting ageing. Apart from these, we all have a biological clock buried within our genetic code. Unfortunately, this clock can only run for so long, meaning we are all programmed to die.

Your body consists of trillions of cells that consistently experience cell division, and as they divide, the cells make a copy of their DNA. This DNA is tightly packed into structures we call chromosomes, in which humans have 23 pairs. The problem is DNA replication is far from perfect and skips over the reproduction of the ends of each chromosome.

To help protect it from important DNA data from being omitted, there are telomeres found at the end of chromosomes which are fundamentally pointless repeats of DNA that we can afford to lose and ageing occurs. Although, every time our cells divide, our telomeres become shorter and shorter until they are eventually entirely stripped away. At that point, the cell can no longer divide.

Some types of flatworms can regenerate their telomeres, making them biologically immortal. But their life spans vary, and they are acceptable to disease, further suggesting that ageing is a mixture of environmental and genetic factors.

Ageing: Why Human Cells Don’t Regenerate Telomeres

The replication limit of cells helps prevent cancer, which is the uncontrollable growth of cells and invasion of cell death. The point to where a cell stops replicating is called cellular senescence. In humans, the limit of replication is around 50 times. Once that limit is reached, the cells lose their functions and die, causing age-related characteristics.

This also helps to begin to explain why life expectancy is an inheritable solid trait from parents as you got your initial telomere length from them.

  • There is no magic cure to ageing yet. There are only minor things you can do to maybe add a few years extra years onto your life such as:
  • Regular exercise
  • Cold showers
  • Choosing healthy whole foods
  • Replacing water with pop and other sugary drinks
  • Getting a hold of mental health issues as early as possible
  • Medicine is getting better to repair ligaments and bone breaks and displacements like stem cells and regenokine
  • Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are the body’s most destructive drugs, so it’s good not to use those deadly cancer-causing agents
  • Flossing can add two years to your life
  • Spirituality can go a long way

Ageing occurs in mitochondria DNA, and as anti-ageing scientists learn more about what ageing is and why it happens, one day soon, they may have a cure for it. As of now, though, ageing is incurable and unavoidable and always leads to death.

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Dean Mathers

Editor and Chief of Mind Debris Magazine

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