Getting older is a fact of life, but there are promising signs that we may be able to intervene to slow – and possibly even stop – the molecular processes that lead to numerous age-related conditions
IT HAPPENS to everyone who lives long enough, gradually at first and then suddenly. By the time we are in our 50s, most of us have at least one age-related health condition. By 85, almost all of us do, and typically several at once. Cancer, diabetes, cataracts, osteoarthritis, dementia. The list could go on and on.
None of which is surprising, at least to those of us old enough to have experience of ageing. What you may not be aware of, however, is that we now have a comprehensive understanding of ageing at the molecular and cellular level. Even more surprising is the growing consensus that ageing can be slowed or even reversed.