Any algorithm for anti-ageing?
Today, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan (76) is as busy (if not more) as he was when young. At 42 (in 2008), Shah Rukh Khan built his six-pack abs overnight (well, almost). The superstar of the 1990s, Madhuri Dixit (at 40) made a comeback in a vehicle
Ageing is the natural wear and tear of the body’s component parts. It’s inevitable, and endlessly intriguing. While many age-related changes cannot be prevented, a lifestyle that includes exercise and a wellbalanced diet will surely or minimize many problems. In a 2013 poll, American Hollywood star Demi
Moore was voted as being the most inspiring female celebrity for ageing gracefully. The poll was conducted by a fashion Website. Moore beat Helen Mirren (British actress), Michelle Obama (ex US First Lady) and Michelle Pfeiffer (American actress).
Today, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan (76) is as busy (if not more) as he was when young. At 42 (in 2008), Shah Rukh Khan built his six-pack abs overnight (well, almost). The superstar of the 1990s, Madhuri Dixit (at 40) made a comeback in a vehicle centred around her. The actor sang and danced with the vigour of a 20-year-old in “Aaja Nachley”! For all of them, age isn’t a deterrent. Ad guru + is a classic example of this philosophy. Says this septuagenarian: “Chronological age has nothing to do with how you lead your life. It is one’s determination that matters. Nobody should retire. Instead, they should retyre.”
And, don’t look on online calculators of “biological age” for an answer. Those focus mainly on risk factors for diseases, and say little about normal ageing, the slow, mysterious process that turns children into codgers. In fact, scientists are still hunting for biological markers of age that reliably register how fast the process is unfolding.
Seemingly obvious candidates won’t do. Wrinkles, for instance, often have more to do with sun exposure than ageing. Skin deteriorates as it ages, but its exposure to sunlight inhibits the ability of fibroblasts (connective
“Age is something that does not matter, unless
you are a cheese.” - Luis Bunuel (filmmaker)
by Maharaaj K. Koul
tissue cells) to produce collagen which gives skin shape and elasticity and supports the blood vessels that permeate it. The hands, face, neck, and upper chest all suffer more than unexposed skin, and lightpigmented people wrinkle more readily than others.
The Archives of Dermatology
A review in The Archives
of Dermatology concludes that three anti-ageing treatments are proven clinically effective: the topical application of retinol; carbon dioxide laser resurfacing; and, injection of hyaluronic acid (a moisture-retaining acid that occurs naturally in the skin). Each depends on the same mechanism, the interaction of the fibroblasts with collagen they produce. American researchers have found that it was “possible to slow and even reverse various aspects of ageing throughout the body” by replenishing adult stem cells that control how quickly the body grows old. The small bundle of neurons that appears to keep a tight rein on ageing is called the hypothalamus and is located at the base of the brain. Tests have been carried out on lab mice to pinpoint this area.
There is a whole
everlasting youth may be futile, as scientists have mathematically proven that it is impossible to halt ageing in multicellular organisms like humans. Current understanding of “organisms with long lifespans” to reprogramming of DNA and technology for making the “mind live on after the body expires.” scenario in which life expectancy “grows faster” than the cycle of ageing!
The new tech investors (see BOX) believe that rebuilding and smorgasbord of options to fight the ageing process: Regenerative medicine market is currently at $1.6 billion and is forecast to reach $20 billion by 2025! Average life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900. Currently it stands at 70 years. There is 351% increase in number of 85+ between 2010 and 2050 is estimated!
The idea is science can help us attain “longevity escape velocity”, a regenerating organs, cells and DNA will help people live longer and better!
The idea is to use chips, software programmes, algorithms and big data to “upgrade the human body”!
The areas range from secrets of living
Hollywood star Demi Moore voted most inspiring female celebrity for ageing gracefully.
Inactivating the frown-producing corrugators in forehead.