Aging is a Treatable Disease by Walter Parks

The overall deterioration of the body that comes with growing old is not inevitable; Aging is a treatable disease.

Aging is a treatable disease

New advances in medical science and the unraveling of the human genome have provided us the insights to significantly increase our healthy longevity and survive long enough to take advantages of the even newer technologies being developed.

The overall deterioration of the body that comes with growing old is not inevitable.  Aging is a treatable disease.

Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / General

Secondary Genre: SELF-HELP / General

Language: English


Word Count: 14864

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Chapter 1

The Causes of Aging

“All would live long, but none would be old.”

Benjamin Franklin

To live young forever has been man’s quest throughout history. From among the first writings preserved in the clay tablets of Babylon we read of King Gilgamesh who searched for the secret of eternal life. The tablets tell us that he found it, but lost it to the snake – and died. Ponce de Leon searched for the fountain of youth – and never found it.

We are now beginning to understand aging.

Almost all life on earth blossoms with youth until it has reproduced and passed its genes on to the next generation. After that the flowers wilt and die, all animals age and die, and we humans begin to age and die. Yes, we begin to age while we are still in our 20’s.

We age because the products of our metabolism, i.e., the “ashes” from the oxidation processes that produce energy in our cells accumulate faster than our aging endocrine system can remove them. This is because most of the cleansing hormones that surged through our youthful bodies begin to decrease as we begin to age. Some of these more critical hormones have decreased by about 10 to 30 percent as we enter our 30’s.

The decreases become ever more dramatic as we enter successive decades of life. Most of our hormones have decreased by over 50% and some have been reduced to near zero as we enter our 70’s.  So we age.

Our muscles and bones weaken; our reaction time slows; we lose our agility: all combine to make us more susceptible to accidents.  Our immune system weakens and makes us more susceptible to disease.  And we die.

There are a dozen or so mechanisms of aging that have been theorized over time. The author believes that there are seven basic causes that combine to make us age: 

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