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Theories of Aging Part I

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Author: Connie Limon

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The Free Radical Theory

theories of agingThis development in anti-aging research was first introduced by R. Gerschman in 1954 and developed by Dr. Denham Harman of the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine.  Free radical is a term used to describe any molecule that differs from conventional molecules.  Free radicals possess a free electron that makes it react with other molecules in highly destructive ways.

The theory holds that free-radical damage begins at birth and continues until we die.  In our youth its effects are fairly minor because the body has extensive repair and replacement mechanisms that in healthy young people function to keep cells and organs in working order.  With age, the accumulated effects of free-radical damage begin to take their toll and are part of what ages our cells.  Free-radical disruption of cell metabolism may also create mutant cells leading to cancer and death.  Free radicals attack collagen and elastin.  Collagen and elastin are the substances that keep our skin moist, smooth, flexible and elastic.  When these vital tissues fray and break under the assault of free radicals, we begin to notice folds of skins and deep-cut wrinkles.

Another way of looking at free-radical changes is to think of it as rust and our aging process is similar to the rusting away of a once-intact piece of metal.  Oxygen itself is free radicals and so our breathing and aerobic exercise generates free radicals that help us along the aging process.

Substances that prevent harmful effects of oxidation are antioxidants.  This is why specialists in anti-aging medicine prescribe a host of natural and manufactured antioxidants to help combat the effects of aging.  Many vitamins and minerals and other substances fight aging by acting as free-radical scavengers.

Source:  The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
Disclaimer:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  All health concerns should be addressed by a qualified health care professional.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/anti-aging-articles/theories-of-aging-part-i-545986.html

About the Author: Written by: Connie Limon.

 

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