Better health – to longer life – is the eternal quest ?

 

Life has certainly prolonged due to advances in good basic health care. But are we necessarily living better?

The young as well as old in particular grapple with everything from heart disease and diabetes to cancer & dementia.

We are a population that is ageing rapidly. ” 5 years from now, for the first time in human history there will be more over 60’s than children above 5.”
In 2050, 2 billion people will be 60 or older, nearly double the number today.

Last year WHO described Chronic Diseases of ageing as a big Public health challenge.

What is the root cause of old age itself and trying to arrest, if not reverse, human longevity genes are a subject of all recent studies.

What happens as we age is no more a mystery. Neurons in ageing brains lose their connections and start to die and ultimately the brain shrinks and becomes less effective. The brains hippocampus, crucial for memory and learning, is the first to deteriorate with age, causing our memory and though processes to falter.

Scientists at stanford are doing human trials to find out if the progress of dementia and Alzheimer can be reversed by infusing young blood.

Stem cell therapy and reversal in DNA changes are other interesting research studies that are engaging the scientists.

Human health and how to arrest the chronic diseases that are common in old age is the new obsession of all the research.

Can we find that utopia? Time alone will tell.

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