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Life-span v. health-span

Posted: 29 Feb 2020, 13:00
by Dreamweaver
A new study has uncovered a potential new way of improving healthy aging in humans — because, while we may be living longer, those added years aren’t necessarily of good quality.

This is the key difference between someone’s lifespan — the number of years they are alive — and their “healthspan”. Healthspan is defined as the period of one’s life that one is healthy, or the years of our lives that are spent disease-free.
https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/rat-s ... onger-life

Re: Life-span v. health-span

Posted: 14 May 2020, 14:03
by Dreamweaver
The molecular understanding of cellular aging is progressing steadily, but the complexity of cellular aging and the even more complex question of how organs such as the brain and heart age requires a lot more work. There will be no single molecular switch which can reverse or halt aging and triple our lifespan, but most aging researchers do not this as their goal. Understanding specific aging pathways, as well as the genes and stressors which activate them, will allow us to prevent and treat age-related diseases as well as one day be able to provide personalized advice to individuals on how to maximize their “healthspan”. For now, we can stick to some of the broad lifestyle interventions which were recommended by Mephistopheles: exercise and a healthy diet.
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/gu ... oo-little/

Re: Life-span v. health-span

Posted: 16 May 2020, 18:24
by Perrorist
I like to think my health-span age is lower than my true age. It's a self-deluding thought, but comforting.

Re: Life-span v. health-span

Posted: 26 Jun 2020, 20:13
by Dreamweaver
A list of habits that help you age well, no matter how old you are
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https://www.abc.net.au/life/habits-that ... l/10363054

Re: Life-span v. health-span

Posted: 27 Jun 2020, 11:37
by Teddy
"Life is so short and eternity so long"