But to test the same treatment in people, we would need decades of clinical trials, which would be very difficult and extremely expensive. So people are looking for chemical clues in the blood or cells that might reveal how quickly a person ages. Quite a number of “aging clocks” have been developed that aim to give a person’s biological age rather than their chronological age. But none are reliable enough to test anti-aging drugs yet.
when i leave and go back To my own slightly less luxurious but still beautiful hotel, I received a gift bag. It’s filled with anti-aging supplements, a box that says it contains an AI longevity assistant, and even a regenerating toothpaste. At first glance, I have absolutely no idea if any of them are based on solid science. They may be nothing more than placebos.
Ultimately, from the evidence we have so far, of all the supplements, medications, and various treatments promoted here, exercise is the one most likely to work. It’s obvious, but regular exercise is the key to a long and healthy life. Exercises designed to strengthen our muscles seem to be especially beneficial for keeping us healthy, especially later in life.they can even Help us keep our brains young.
When I get home, I’ll write a proper minutes of the meeting, so if your curiosity is piqued, keep an eye out for next week! In the meantime, here’s some related reading:
- I wrote about what the aging clock can and cannot tell our biological age earlier this year.
- Antiaging drugs are being tested as a treatment for the new coronavirus. The idea is that by restoring the immune system, We may be able to protect vulnerable older adults from serious illness.
- Longevity scientists are working to extend the lifespan of pet dogs. There are benefits for both animals and their owners, but the ultimate goal is to prolong human life because i wrote in august.
- Saudi royal family could be one of the most important investors in anti-aging researchaccording to this work By my colleague Antonio Regalado. The family’s Evolution Foundation plans to spend $1 billion a year to understand how aging works and how to extend healthy lifespan.
- While we’re discussing funding, most of the investment in this area goes to Altos Labs– A company focused on tackling aging by reprogramming cells to a younger state. The company is backed financially by some of the richest people in the world, including Jeff Bezos and Yuri Milner, Antonio explained.
from the web
An experimental Alzheimer’s drug appears to slow cognitive decline. That’s huge news, considering decades of failed attempts to treat the disease. But full details of the study haven’t been released, and it’s hard to know how much the drug might impact the lives of people with the disease. (Statistical data)
Bionic pancreas could successfully treat type 1 diabetes, according to the results of clinical trials. The credit-card-sized device, worn on the abdomen, continuously monitors a person’s blood sugar levels and delivers insulin when needed. (MIT Technology Review)
We are heading for a dementia epidemic in American prisons. There are more and more older prisoners, and the U.S. penal system doesn’t have the resources to care for them. (scientific american)
Unvaccinated people 14 times more likely to develop monkeypox than those who received the Jynneos vaccine, According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionBut the organization doesn’t yet know how the vaccine affects the severity of the disease in those who are unwell, or if there is any difference in protection for those who received the split dose. (New York Times $)
Don’t call them mini brains! exist Checkup last week, I introduced organoids — tiny clumps of cells designed to mimic mature organs. They’re mostly used in research, but we’ve started implanting them in animals to treat disease, and then humans. Arguably the most well-known organoids are those made from brain cells known as mini-brains. A group of leading scientists in the field say this falsely implies that cells have complex psychological functions, such as the ability to think or feel pain. They asked us to switch to the less appealing but more accurate term “neural organoid.” (nature)
That’s all for this week. thanks for reading!