How We Age
Does "aging" mean "old?" Not really. Science tells us aging begins even before we reach adulthood, occurring at the cellular level. Billions of research dollars have been spent in an attempt to understand how the aging process, works and what can be done to slow it down.
Our bodies face these four mechanisms of cellular aging:
It’s a fact of life. Aging begins long before we can see or feel any changes – at the cellular level. Is cellular aging inevitable? Well, we can’t stop time, but emerging research reveals we may be able to influence these biological aging processes in positive ways. This has to do with how efficiently cells repair and replicate themselves, which affects your health, well-being and the aging process in various ways.
- DNA Damage
Every day, every cell in your body is bombarded by up to a million DNA-damaging assaults. These assaults can damage the cell’s genetic database, creating a “typo” that may compromise cell function and longevity.
- Genetic Regulators
Genetic regulators contribute to age-related cellular deterioration by controlling the dynamic balance between damage and repair, including whether a cell will live or not.
- Declining Cellular Energy Production
Mitochondria in our cells create energy we can’t live without. As mitochondrial efficiency decreases, cell function declines.
- Accumulation of AGE Proteins
Excess accumulation of Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGE) can cause cellular damage that can compromise cell integrity and longevity.