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I want to slow my aging

The growth of the human body ends at the age of 25, and the aging process begins immediately. To slow down or stop it altogether is a dream not only of scientists and philosophers who have been trying for centuries to find the “elixir of youth”, but also of each individual person. About a century ago, the science of gerontology arose, studying the biological, social and psychological aspects of human aging, its causes and ways to deal with it. A lot of scientific and pseudo-scientific theories of aging have arisen, over which whole gerontological institutes work, created in almost all countries of the world. There are a lot of theories describing the causes of aging – a change in the regulation of gene activity, a decrease in the synthesis of intracellular regulators of plasma membranes, a decrease in the length of telomeres (end sections of chromosomes), the concept of stress-age syndrome, etc.

The topic of aging is of interest to everyone today – scientists, and older people, and very young. Most people are primarily interested in questions about how to prevent the development of major serious diseases and how to maintain a young appearance and energy. Achievements of gerontology can certainly help us, but still not so soon, but we live today and now, so we want to have specific recommendations for practical use today.

The estimated life expectancy of a person can be, according to various estimates, 110-120 years, but the real figure is much lower. Can we extend our life, and most importantly, maintain its quality at any age? Everyone knows how to gradually worsen the quality of life and reduce its duration gradually developing chronic diseases (diabetes mellitus, coronary heart and blood vessels of the head, osteoporosis, oncology, etc.). It is in the prevention of their development that lies the modern practical approach to aging problems, which involves the diagnosis of the so-called markers of aging from a young age.

In general, aging is a complex deep process, starting with internal changes and leading to external changes. The main task is to find the internal leverage and control the aging mechanisms, which will give a good long-term result and lead to favorable external effects. Therefore, early, from a young age, aging diagnosis using certain markers and competent influence on them is currently the most powerful tool for managing your health and appearance in your hands.

First you need to evaluate the potential of your body by examining your aging markers, and then learn how to manage them. There are a lot of markers, however, we list the main ones, the definition of which is available to everyone (this is either a blood test indicator or a physical parameter). In the diagnosis of aging, the range of optimal marker values ​​— the “recommended corridor” —KK, is important, and it is much narrower and differs from the “norm” offered by official medicine today. Going beyond the limits of this “corridor” allows us to conclude that negative changes are beginning in the body. So, here are the most important markers for prolonging life and reducing the risks of major diseases:

1.IFR-1 (Somatomedin C) – blood count, RK 100-160 ng / ml.
2. Vitamin D [25 (OH) D] – blood count, PK 40-56 ng / ml.
3. Vitamin B12 – blood count, RK 500-813 pg / ml.
4. Glycated hemoglobin – a blood indicator, RK 4-5.6%.
5. Fractional cholesterol – blood counts, RK for total cholesterol 2.9-5.2 mmol / L, for LDL 1.8-2.6 mmol / L, for HDL> 1.55 mmol / L.
6. Intima media complex – an ultrasound index of the neck vessels – wall thickness of the common carotid artery, PK <0.7 mm.
7. Blood pressure – physical parameter, RK 110 / 70-120 / 80 mm Hg
Several other markers are also important – TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone – an indicator of the thyroid gland), ferritin (see “Avoiding Iron Deficiency”), uric acid (a marker of kidney function), C-reactive protein – an indicator of the general level of inflammation in the body, index body mass, etc. – they can be studied independently. And here is some information about each of the above 7 markers:

IGF-1 (Somatomedin C) is an insulin-like growth factor – a protein that takes part in the conversion of stem cells into body tissue cells and is an important mediator of the action of growth hormone growth hormone. Too high a level shortens life and accelerates aging.

Vitamin D not only provides absorption of calcium and phosphorus, it powerfully activates the immune system. Its deficiency, which is observed in 80% of the world’s population, provokes the development of not only osteoporosis, but also all major diseases.

Vitamin B12 is a marker of brain aging. This group of cobalt-containing substances (cobalamins) plays a huge role in the synthesis of DNA, the functioning of nerve cells and red blood cells. Deficiency of B12 leads to irreversible damage to the nervous system and, above all, to the brain, and disrupt the proper functioning of genes.

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