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Researchers Need To Focus On The Molecular Causes Of Age-Related Diseases

August 2, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A group of U.S. scientists recommends that the healthcare industry should devote more energy to discovering the underlying molecular roots of human aging to help prevent – not just treat – chronic disease and lengthen life spans. Besides eating a healthful diet and getting plenty of exercise, strategies may include slowing the metabolic and molecular causes of aging, especially the incremental accumulation of cellular damage that occurs over time, causing heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc. Studies of diet, genes and drugs indicate that interventions targeted to specific molecular pathways that delay one age-related disease often ward off others as well.
Luigi Fontana et al., "Medical research: Treat aging. ", Nature, August 02, 2014, © Nature Publishing Group
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