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Why We Can’t Live Forever

Posted by on Monday, January 11, 2010, 13:23
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We can never escape aging disease because nature’s plan builds it into our genes, some say, because nature cares little about us after forty or fifty, when we have performed our duties of reproduction, providing fresh gene pools for evolution.

It becomes more difficult with time to fend off the free radicals that are taking away our youth. In the natural, universal order of things, as we get older, two critical things happen biologically to hasten aging.

The rate of increase of cell damaging free radical reactions accelerates dramatically. Even worse news, your inborn abilities to defuse and repair the damage from the free radicals your detoxification systems lose steam also as you age.

This means that the older you get, the more damage accumulates in your cells and the more the aging process speeds up. Thus, getting older puts you in the inevitable position of having to mount ever stronger defenses against free radicals in futile attempts to beat the unbeatable.

Eventually, of course, we all lose the battle to one thing or other. Which disease wounds you the deepest and finally mortally depends much on the shake of the genetic dice and your individual vulnerabilities.

As Dr. Harman puts it: “It is almost a matter of chance how life is terminated. If an organism does not die, for example, of cancer, it will soon die from some other rapidly developing disease, such as one of the cardiovascular system.”

Aging is a disease. The human life span simply reflects the level of free radical oxidative damage that accumulates in cells. When enough damage accumulates, cells can’t survive properly anymore and they just give up.  Ultimately we are going to be able to get people to live a lot longer than anyone thinks.

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1 Response to “Why We Can’t Live Forever”

  1. 18 December, 2010, 12:40

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