We may not have to age so fast

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The human body does not age in the same way for everyone. Is there an approach to help the aging body? There are more and more researchers that have comments about aging that would surprise many of us.

The field of epigenetics does not focus on our DNA itself rather the elements that determine how our genetics “express” themselves throughout a lifetime.

Here is an analogy to explain what epigenetics will do. Imagine your DNA, as a piano keyboard, then epigenetics plays music by touching the keys accordingly. The molecular substances that connect to our genome and leave markers play a key role in epigenetics. These markers, direct cells to conduct certain functions and monitor how they operate. Too many markers could have an adverse consequence or an undesirable impact.

Scientists have discovered that these markers can indicate an accurate measurement of biological age, to within a few years. Following this finding, they did further research that has led to a new discovery:  the epigenetic markers help cause aging also.

Dr. Sinclair led a team at the Harvard Medical School’s Sinclair Lab using epigenetic accretions on the genomes of young mice in 2015. These mice loss muscle and bone mass, turned grey, lost vision and became disoriented. The birthdays were the same relative to other mice, only their epigenomes were different.

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