Monday, November 10, 2008

Supercentenarians of Record Who Lived More Than 150 Years - Part 3

The ABC network ran a recent Barbara Walters special called “Live to 150 … Can You DO It?”. This special show several segments about extending our lives from several of the experts of our time.

One segment of this TV special described how a nutrient found on red wine called Resveratol, has shown to slow down our bodies aging process. The special went on to interview a scientist who is trying to patent a concentrated formulation with Resveratol to give us a new pill for life extension.

A very interesting segment in this show centered around a group of “calorie restrictors” who weigh and measure every calorie they consume. They believe that by reducing their calorie intake by 30% from the average American, they can improve their energy, memory, eyesight, and extend their lives. Ben Abba will have present more information on the Calorie Restrictive Diet on a future podcast.

The main segment of this Barbara Walters Special was about the man well know as the authority on anti-aging, Dr Aubrey de Grey, PhD. Dr. de Grey is a British biomedical gerontologist educated at Cambridge University and is presently the chairman and chief science officer of The Methuselah Foundation and editor in chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research.

Dr. de Grey fully believes that “a cure for human aging” through science is very possible in our near future. In fact, he has identified what he concludes are the seven area of the aging process that need to be addressed medically.

Quoting Dr. de Grey:

"It's not really a matter of living forever, it's just a matter of not wanting to die. One doesn't live forever all in one go, one lives forever one year at a time. It's just a case of "Well, life seems to be fun, and I don't see any prospect of it ceasing to be fun unless I get frail and miserable and start declining." So if I can avoid declining, I'll stay with it really."

"Adam and Eve lost it, alchemists tried to brew it and, if you believe the legends, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon was searching for it when he discovered Florida.

To live forever while preserving health and retaining the semblance and vigor of youth is one of humanity's oldest and most elusive goals.

Now, after countless false starts and disappointments, some scientists say we could finally be close to achieving lifetimes that are, if not endless, at least several decades longer.".

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