It’s a very exciting time for those interested in anti-aging (probably most of us). A discovery was recently made by scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine that may have a huge impact on the future of aging. The scientists found, for the first time, that it is the hypothalamus (an almond-sized structure located deep in the brain that forms the centre of the autonomic nervous system) which controls aging. This development could lead us to, in the future, extend lifespan of humans.
The significance of this discovery is that they found out it was possible to alter signalling to the hypothalamus, thus either increasing or decreasing lifespan… in mice. Hopefully, the same effect will occur on humans, but it’s too soon to say just yet. The scientistic found that by blocking a certain pathway in the hypothalamus, they were able to slow aging in the mice, and increase longevity by a median of 20 percent. Furthermore, this increased lifespan did not come with the typical signs of aging, ie. muscle weakness, bone loss, or memory problems.
“We’re very excited about this. It supports the idea that ageing is more than a passive deterioriation of different tissues. It is under control, and can be manipulated,” Dongsheng Cai at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York told the Guardian.
The news release by the College says that this technology is available for licensing. No doubt we can expect that this will lead to huge advances in anti-aging and longevity research, and eventually pharmaceuticals that extend lifespans and prevent age-related diseases.
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