Step Away From the Grave, People

Tatiana Al Rahbany

Man and science are in a constant state of evolution. Most scientific mysteries and problems have been solved, but one is yet to change life as we know it, drastically. Aging is the process of becoming weaker with time, and by that, one develops certain morphological characteristics and physical weaknesses which can be a problem affecting him socially and psychologically. Scientists have been working on this for quite some time, perhaps for decades now. They’ve done the unthinkable; managed to land on the moon, created nuclear weaponry… How longer will this stay an issue for them? Can they ever find a way to slow down the aging process, or even reverse it?

Reversing the aging process is an experiment that is bound to become a fact sooner or later. Growing older always meant growing weaker, but due to new enhanced technologies and modern scientific innovations, there are many ways we can hold our vigor together and stay healthy. Nutrition science provides much advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle, through the consumption of the right kinds of food and exercising effectively, consequently improving the quality of our lives.

According to recent researches, telomeres are small fragments located at the end of each chromosome. These DNA sequences are said to “cap” or protect chromosomes as a cell divides. But what is really interesting about telomeres is that they appear to be the “clock” that regulates how many times an individual cell can divide. With every division, the telomere gets a bit shorter and the individual gets a bit older.  Telomere shortening is considered the probable reason for premature mortality. Hence, if we could find a way to prevent the telomere’s wearing out-responsible for the appearance of morphological aging, we would make our cells immortal and theoretically stay young forever. Luckily, there are such ways. Scientists have found that the enzyme telomerase, responsible for the production of telomeres will take care of that and keep the telomere intact. But unfortunately, telomerase injections were found to be carcinogenic-develop cancer-in humans. What scientists are working on today is the possibility of promoting telomerase production in one’s healthy cells. However, what we know now is that there are certain supplements—multivitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, green tea extract—that are associated with longer telomere length.

Other methods, such as organ transplantation, can also contribute to prolonging human lifespan. Recent technologies have found ways to “freeze” human embryonic stem cells found with new-born children. These cells can live for about thirty years, put aside, and always ready to make a new organ in case their owner needed transplantation.

So the mystery is almost solved. And science will probably find solutions for every problem with time. Man will soon be able to live for hundreds of years and have enough time to enjoy life; all of it. Perhaps whoever wrote “The Lion King” had no such long-term prospects for this kind of change in the “circle of life”. After all, who said life has to be short? But this will in turn give rise to new sociological problems, such as increased population, rather than economic crises. Would we want the aging process back, then?



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  1. Very interessting and uptodate subject..living forever has always been the main issue and the gift mankind will have from the creator if they lived according to his will,but reading about the science and knowldge and the link between living in harmony with pleace of mind and by eating healthy food and physical training can helps us to live longer and as you end your wonderful article with the questio about other proplems may be caused by the aging ,we can solv everything with love ,yes not that kind of love they call it romantique love ,but this kind of love ,Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
    Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    .thanks alot Dear Titiana and special tahnks for Dr Leila for sharing this great work with us. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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