For­ever young

Sci­ence may have come up with the an­swer

Prevention (Australia) - - In This Issue -

If you thought re­vers­ing the age­ing process was the stuff of sci­ence fic­tion, think again, thanks to new re­search. The se­cret lies locked in our cells and sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Ex­eter in the UK seem to have found the com­bi­na­tion. As our cells re­new, over time they be­come like slightly blurry pages pho­to­copied mul­ti­ple times. “This is not just an ef­fect of age­ing – it’s a rea­son why we age,” ex­plains study lead Pro­fes­sor Lorna Har­ries. By tar­get­ing our mi­to­chon­dria (the power sta­tion within each cell) with small amounts of hy­dro­gen sul­phide gas, she and her re­searchers were able to re­duce the num­ber of cells that ap­peared older by up to 50 per cent. The sci­ence used in the study prom­ises a fu­ture where we can keep our cells youth­ful and could be the ba­sis of a new se­ries of anti-de­gen­er­a­tive drugs that will help peo­ple stay health­ier for longer, staving off many so-called age re­lated dis­eases.

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