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Slowing Aging Is the Key to Fighting Diseases

A group of aging experts from the United States and the United Kingdom suggest that thman aginge best strategy for preventing and fighting a multitude of chronic diseases is to focus on slowing the biological processes of aging.

“The traditional medical approach of attacking individual diseases —cancerheart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease — will soon become less effective if we do not determine how all of these diseases either interact or share common mechanisms with
aging,” says S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and senior author of the commentary.

Middle-aged and older people are most often impacted by simultaneous but independent medical conditions. A cure for any of the major fatal diseases would have only a marginal
impact on life expectancy and the length of healthy life, Olshansky said.

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July 13, 2009 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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