Scientists May Have Identified A Protein That Controls Aging

Certainly one of the main concerns of the Boomer generation is the idea they’re all going to die.  Seriously – we’re going to die? We have to do something about this seems to be the common theme in research circles.

In my worldview, I may not live forever but there’s something more important than living forever. It’s living well.  The question isn’t what age am I going to live to. The question is what age can I live to with a really good enjoyment factor. With engagement in the things around me at a level I’d consider acceptable.  Lifestyle versus longevity.  Burn the candle bright m’boys and rage against the dying of the night.  (to mix a few other voices.)  Living a good life is more important to me than living a long life.  But then again, I’m healthy and not facing imminent death.  I may – and probably would – change my mind when faced with that long night.  I note that attitude doesn’t stop me from researching longevity factors or ensuring I’m doing what I can to prolong my life.

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Scientists May Have Identified the Protein That Controls Aging

Two biochemists have discovered a link between a protein called carbonic anhydrase and aging in the brains and muscle cells of mice. While still in the early stages of development, their research could lead to treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Note this is a “may” article in that one team of scientists found one protein in a small experiment.  But also note we have to start somewhere.  Everything I’ve read on this subject so far says to me to “take care of the mitochondria”  as they are the power sources for all our cells.

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