By M.-F. Schulz-Aellen
The percentage of aged humans keeps to extend within the western world-nearly 1 / 4 of the inhabitants might be over sixty five years through the 12 months 2050. considering that getting older is followed through a rise in illnesses and by way of a deterioration in overall healthiness, discovering suggestions to those social, clinical and mental difficulties is inevitably a huge target for society. Scientists and clinical practitioners are consequently confronted with the pressing job of accelerating easy wisdom of the organic approaches that reason getting older. extra assets has to be positioned into this learn that allows you to in achieving greater knowing of the mobile mechanisms that underlie the diversities in existence span among species and to reply to the tricky questions of why a few contributors age extra speedy than others, and why a few increase liver difficulties, a few have cardiovascular disease, and others mind difficulties. the result of this sort of broad software of analysis will supply vital information regarding the reasons of many life-threatening and/ or debilitating ailments of previous age; it is going to aid locate how one can hinder a few of the illnesses that end result from getting older, and it could actually bring about discoveries permitting the prolongation of human life.
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This abnormal sensitivity to UV can be used for prenatal diagnosis (Sugita et aI, 1982), but the genetic abnormality has yet to be identified. Factors That Influence Human Longevity 43 Down Syndrome Down syndrome (OS) is often considered the progeria displaying the most features in common with normal old people, aside from the typical mongoloid face and mental retardation of the patients. OS patients show early degenerative vascular disease, hypogonadism, cataracts, greying of hair, hair loss, increased tissue lipofuscin, a high incidence of cancers, amyloidosis, and increased autoimmune diseases.
Also, chronic stress is thought to accelerate neuronal degeneration during aging. Most scientists agree that intermediary factors exist between stress and personality on the one hand and diseases on the other. Such an intermediary factor is believed to be the immune system (Solomon, 1987). The negative effects of stress on the efficiency of the immune system, in particular on the activity of natural killer cells (Rodin, 1986; Levy et aI, 1987), are well described. Cancer might then occur as a consequence of a deficient immune system, secondary to stress.
Another important point is that the limit between good stress and excess of stress varies for each individual. McEwen and Stellar (1993) pointed to the importance of individual differences in the susceptibility to stress. The behavioral responses of people to environmental challenges are specific for each individual and are coupled to specific physiological and pathophysiological responses. Gerontologists are interested in stress responses, particularly because aging is accompanied by a decreased capacity to respond to stressors due to a less efficient regulation of homeostasis.
Aging and Human Longevity by M.-F. Schulz-Aellen