Genetics play a big role in the aging process, and there are many factors that contribute to how well you age. Longevity genes such as OGG1. 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase 1 are being studied in order to better understand the aging process and how they can be manipulated to prolong youthfulness – not only in beauty but also in age-related diseases.
Genetic Theory of Aging
There are different theories of aging that determine that genes (from both our parents) directly impact both lifespan and longevity. Studies are still being conducted in definite answers into the role of genes in aging.
Some Genetic Theories of Aging
The Programmed Theory – this is the theory where aging is based on the biological clock. It includes theories like the Endocrine Theory, where hormones are responsible for the pace of aging, and Immunological Theory, where the immune system is the main focus and cause of aging.
The Damage or Error Theory – this theory is based on cell wear-and-tear that results in aging. This theory includes the Rate of Living Theory that dictates that the higher an organism’s basal metabolic rate, the shorter its lifespan with a higher rate of aging. The Free Radicals Theory dictates that free radicals are directly responsible for the pace of aging (diet, lifestyle, dependency on tobacco and alcohol accelerate the free radicals).
Neurological theories – This is entering into a different category of theories whereby aging is impacted by psychosocial factors including social activity, loss, loneliness and other products of the external environment.
Reducing the Rate and Pace of Genetic Aging
Getting a genetic DNA test done will allow you to access your DNA profile. Medical professionals will be able to use these results to put a completely customised routine together for you (whether it’s a skin regime or the sorts of vitamins you’ll be best suited to) to slow the aging processes down. There are, however, a few other factors to consider for reducing the aging process.
- Drink lots of water – hydration is important for every cell in the body, so it makes sense that drinking a sufficient amount of water per day will do your entire body (not just your skin) good.
- Eat well – food is our fuel. If you put quality fuel into an engine, it runs well overall. If not, it will need more trips to the mechanic. Eating according to your genes is a wonderful way to know exactly what your body needs to perform optimally.
- Destress… Often – stress is directly related to many physical issues. It’s imperative to do activities that destress your mind. This can be anything from jogging, to drawing, to meditation. Do what you can to calm your mind and your body (and genes) will thank you in the long-run.
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