Science and The Aging Process

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Science and The Aging Process

There is a huge difference between immortality and longevity. Immortality seeks to reverse

aging while longevity seeks to slow down the aging process and delay major age-related diseases

like cancer, stroke and dementia. People have gone to all sorts of extents to become immortal,

from pills, use of animal testicle extracts to ingestion of mercury and lead which killed three

Chinese emperors in the 19 th century, yet no answer. An example of a longevity study, is that

developed by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

As some scientist look for drugs to slow the aging process, others are looking to answer

whether or not genetic factors play a role. Since some people look younger than their age and

much healthier. In relation to this, some studies have shown that some people have low levels

and activity of growth hormones which could be a contributing factor.

Even though so far there is no conclusive treatment, each time an article is published

indicating a glimmer of hope on a product, hucksters market it as a finished product. This has

seen the anti-aging industry grow from $195 billion in 3013 to $275 billion in 2020. Common

products include beauty creams, Botox and supplements which only mask the visible effects of



Melanie Young is an example of life coaches who used and marketed anti-aging supplements

after believing that a certain company had all the scientific facts. They only made her dizzy. She

stopped using them and advises others to stick to exercise and balanced diet. Dr. Olshansky

supports this statement emphasizing that healthy diet and exercise have proven anti-aging

effects. He advises people to put more efforts on them rather than spending money on unproven


Work Cited

Samuelson, Tracey. “Science (And Quacks) Vs. The Aging Process (Published 2014)”. Nytimes.Com, 2014,