“We are getting close to having treatments to prevent the illnesses related to aging,” Sierra said.
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Experts on the forefront of anti-aging medicine say the field is booming, with therapies on the horizon to target illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer's and make for a healthier, older population in the years to come. Such remedies are increasingly important because of the world's aging population. Growing old, experts say, is a leading risk factor for most human diseases and a major socioeconomic problem.Researchers have also found that a major reduction in calorie intake can have the same effect on these genes.Restricting calories for long periods often proves "too difficult" for people, Sierra said.The substance has been shown to prolong the lives of mice by 25 percent, and produces similar effects on other mammals.A recent study on Amish people showed the powerful effect of a single mutant gene against the ravages of age.Amish with the mutation lived to 85 on average – significantly longer than the predicted lifespan of 71 for the overall Amish population.
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