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The Search for Extended Youth and Extreme Longevity

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  • The interest and investment in antiaging therapies is growing. The ultimate goal is not just to live longer, but to be as youthful and healthy as possible for a longer period of time
  • Others warn that lengthening telomeres by overexpressing telomerase increases the risk for cancer
  • Researchers have found certain hormones affect not only life span but also body size. In animal studies, by dampening this hormone system in adulthood, aging is slowed, the animal lives and remains disease free longer
  • Other longevity research focuses on the removal of senescent or nondividing cells, and the use of the antidiabetic drug metformin

By Dr. Mercola

Telomeres were first discovered in the 1930s. Every cell in your body contains a nucleus, and inside the nucleus are the chromosomes that contain your genes. The chromosome is made up of two "arms," and each arm contains a single molecule DNA, which looks like a string of beads made up of units called bases.


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