Reversing the Damage of Aging – Is Extra Years of Healthy Living a Possibility?

This is a TEDx speech given by Dr Aubrey de Grey, author and biomedical gerontologist. Dr de Grey has extensive research experience in the field of aging, and his work focuses on undoing the effects of aging. If you have never heard of Dr de Grey, this 20 minute talk is a great introduction to his work and philosophy on aging. It offers a glimpse into current research and methods for “undoing aging.” His talk discusses ways to undo molecular and cellular body damage, thereby extending the length of lives of fellow humans in a healthy manner.

The presenter, Dr de Grey, sets up the presentation well by asking attendees to reflect on topics related to aging through a series of questions. As he puts it, aging is a poorly used word. Unless someone explains what they mean by the term, it’s difficult to have a clear discussion on the subject. For him, aging is a process that goes on through in our lives, even before we are born. It is the accumulated amount of damage that goes on in our bodies over time.

As mentioned in his speech, aging is initially harmless but it eventually overwhelms the proper functioning of the body. The presenter feels that is it a very important issue, perhaps the most important problem that we could work on. As he explains it, about 150,000 people die everyday and 2/3 of them die from aging.

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Dr de Grey’s definition of aging centers around damage to the molecular and cellular damage of a body. He distinguishes his approach from a typical gerontological and geriatric mindset. From this perspective, he discusses 7 ways to address and even reverse this molecular and cellular body damage that could result in more years of healthy living for individuals.

For more information, this is the wikipedia entry for Dr Aubrey de Grey

On a related and positive note, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventio released results from a study which found that more seniors are living to 100 and beyond. Death rates amongst the eldest of the elderly declined from 2008 to 2014.

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