The theories of aging are a very interesting study by itself, as they all make fairly good common sense once you understand them.
However, of the seven most common, it is also very interesting that most of them will involve our overall DNA and cellular structures to some extent.
And there is one major factor that is common with all of them.
All of us 60 years or older are experiencing them first hand and know full well the challenges that it can and will bring.
The whole purpose of this website is to bring anything of relevance into this process we are sharing into discussion, and then if interested, go into further details as it grows.
The theories of aging involve seven of the most widely held and accepted views by prominent medical professionals.
However, all of us as we age can very easily be affected by different challenges in different ways so the term “one shoe fits all” can never apply to any one theory.
In all of the research and investigation I have done to build this website, the one thing that I have learned is that no one fully understands the aging process entirely.
Here is the first three of the Theories of aging and the order in which they appear will have nothing to do in relevance.
First on the list is the Cross-Linking process, which is based on how simple sugars bind in our body.
Also referred to as the Glycosylation Process of Aging, our glucose, also referred to as simple sugar, when it binds to proteins, can lead to several conditions.
One of these conditions is getting older, for several different reasons.
This binding process cannot happen unless it occurs under the pressure or presence of oxygen, and once it take place, the protein is compromised.
The belief is that if is damaged or impaired, and the longer that we live, the more chance of this occurring.
The most common signs of this process that we can easily understand are cataracts in our eyes and changes to our skin.
Cross linking is what leads to old and leather link appearances in our skin, as well as it looking tough and worn out.
The other way we can easily understand is to watch it happen right before our eyes.
Simply take a fresh apple and cut it in half. Within minutes oxygen will begin to react with the glucose, (simple sugar), and it starts to react.
It will turn yellow, than brown, and then will become quite tough.
The second of the Theories of aging is called the Mitochondrial Decline process, and is centered on what is referred to as “mitochondria”.
Mitochondria help to produce organelles, which supply the power in every cell in our body and all of our organs.
Its major function is to create ATP, Adenosine Triphosphate, which is absolutely essential for all of us to live.
It is a chemical that helps to control all of our thoughts, movements, and actions we make every second of our lifespan.
However, there is one major challenge. We store very little of it in our body.
It is estimated that a 200 pound man needs at least 95-100 lbs. of it daily to function as a normal human being.
The best way for us to understand them is to compare them to a coal generated fiery furnace.
Because of this, they are wide open to attack from free radicals and they have virtually no protection that other key elements in our bodies have.
If these key elements become challenged or unable to reproduce, not only is the aging process increased, it can and will eventually kill us.
Next on the list of the Theories of aging is the Hayflick Limit process.
Discovered by Dr. Leonard Hayflick, this theory is very straight forward and quite easy for us to understand.
It contends that our cells can only divide so many times during our life span.
The overall contention is that the maximum any cell in our body can divide is 50 times, and after that, they simply die.
He also demonstrated with a lot of research that cells that are fed the correct nutrition, centering on antioxidants to fight free radical damages, slowed the division.
This is huge in the aging process as if we can slow the division, it may add years to our lifespan if we are healthy.
Here is the list of the final four of the Theories of aging.
They include the following.
The DNA and Genetic process all centers around the coding that is built into our DNA.
Our DNA is our internal blueprint, in that it is specific to us as individuals and is totally different in every human being.
This process suggests our DNA oxidizes very easily and that our DNA is like a clock. It has a certain time limit so to speak, and if you can control the oxidation, you can slow the clock.
If you slow the clock, this process we are going through slows down as well.
The Neuroendocrine process focuses on our neuroendocrine system and the wear and tear it suffers throughout our lifespan.
This system in our body is very complex and controls the hormones released by our brain.
These hormones send instructions to the hormones in our glands and organs to release their hormones, and as we all get older, it slows down.
There are several potential reasons why it might slow down, and most of them seem to center again on nutrition.
The Free Radical process is most likely more familiar to most all of us, as it is very easy to understand.
Discovered in 1956 by Doctor Denham Harman, it exposes the fact the free radicals have an extra electron in them and because of this, it can and does cause destruction.
This extra electron allows them to create a negative charge, and this causes imbalances to occur.
Once this occurs, it allows the free radical to bind to a healthy molecule where it begins to steal all or most of electrons and power.
They also attack the structure of our cells, causing even more damage.
The final of Theories of aging, the Membrane process, suggests that as we age, our cells lose their ability to transfer chemicals.
Because of this, they also lose their ability to transfer heat and the electrical process itself.
As we get older, this process also suggests that cell membranes also become less fluid in nature and thus more solid in shape, making them much less effective.
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