Professor Richard of the University of California has practiced oncology for over 30 years; he has an MD and JD. Recently interviewed, he graciously said that many years ago, humans had very dark skin abundant in melanocytes, which shield them against the UV radiation of the sun that can cause skin cancer; therefore, they did not get skin cancer for over 100,000 years of living naked in the savannas of Africa.
Old age is known to come with a lot of health challenges that may at times bring frustration to an individual. At this stage, the body is in the process of weakening, diseases are never far away, and simple things that one used to take for granted earlier suddenly become very important. For many old people, seeing, hearing, chewing, or moving around isn’t easy, and may at times involve pain. But does it have to be this way? The answer is an emphatic “No”.
Here in Northern California we recently experienced a lovely and long-overdue dousing of rain. In a similar vein, believing that they are in the fall of their fertility, many people who wait until their early 40s to conceive become easily influenced by the frequently espoused statistics of the medical establishment. The statistics warn that egg quality after age 35 irreversibly and rapidly plummets. Because of concern about failing fertility, hopeful feeling-pinched-for-time parents-to-be tend to move fairly quickly into more advanced reproductive technologies, often trying to conceive by attempting only a few cycles of simple intrauterine insemination and then turning to more invasive and expensive in vitro fertilization treatments.
From the first-time humans evolved enough to be aware of the imminence of old age, ideas on how to keep senescence at bay have attracted a lot of our attention. Everybody wants to live a longer and fulfilling life without pain or disease. And because of this, organizations and governments are directing lots of funds into life extension researches. One molecule that scholars worldwide have put a lot of focus is the pineal peptide.
When men grow old they tend to experience a variety of symptoms like frequently visiting the bathrooms in the night, a sudden urge to pass urine frequently in the course of the day, pain while urinating and even erectile dysfunction.
We live in a world where youth is celebrated and aging is frowned upon. If you are among the number that prefers to stay young for a long time, here is something you need to seriously reflect on as you go about your day to day routine. A study conducted in Copenhagen on aging followed over five thousand individuals for approximately twelve years showed interesting findings. The findings are however disturbing. Contrary to what you read on the health blogs or hear on television, the researchers found that those who ran high mileages during the day died much more readily than those who just sat around lazily. Shocking! Right?
It has been estimated that about 300,000 people in the world have reached the 100 year mark to become centenarians. Only a fraction of these people will go on to become supercentenarians or live to 110 and above. These people typically experience relatively good health and are not subject to some age-related diseases until the short period leading up to death, which is at a very advanced stage.
One of the best gifts to mankind is sleep; after all the stress, pressure and hard work, you get to fall on your back and forget that the whole world exists. It goes past improving your feelings and removing the black rings under your eyes. Adequate sleep is essential for your overall health because some of the hormones essential to the body are produced only when we sleep; among them is melatonin. This is responsible for controlling the sleep-wake cycle, which is also known as circadian cycle.