The ability to turn back the effects of time on the human body might sound like something straight out of a fairy tale, but new reports suggest it might be possible sooner than we think. Recent experiments have indicated that scientists are making serious headway into discovering how to reverse the aging process.
Successful age reversal triggered in mice
According to BBC News, Harvard researchers published new evidence about how chemical imbalance affects human aging in the journal Cell. The scientists explained how the amount of the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide chemical in the human body decreases over the years. Because this also occurs in mice, the researchers used them as a basis for the experiment, and examined how helping mice retain NAD levels in their body affected their aging. As the scientists discovered, the mice's physical age quickly reversed when given the chemical. In fact, after only a week, 2-year-old mice showed the same muscle capacity and strength as would typically be seen at 6 months of age. According to TIME Magazine, the equivalent effect in humans would be like a 60-year-old regaining the physical capacity he or she had at age 20.
Applying anti-aging to humans
The discovery made by the Harvard researchers has prompted questions about the possibility of slowing or even reversing the aging process in humans. Although scientists are hopeful about the future of anti-aging treatments, they have stressed the fact that a human application could be years in the future and will require significant testing and approval before becoming available to the general public.
"This is an intriguing and exciting finding that some aspects of the aging process are reversible," said Professor Tim Spector of King College in London, as quoted by the BBC. "It is however a long and tough way to go from these nice mouse experiments to showing real anti-aging effects in humans without side effects."
David Sinclair, the Harvard researcher who headed the recently-published study agrees but remains optimistic about the new treatment's possibilities. According to Sinclair, because NAD exists naturally within the human body, increasing it manually as people age may result in less resistance than if a foreign or synthetic substance were to be added. He has some ambitious goals for the future of his treatment, according to Time magazine.
"If a body is slowly falling apart and losing the ability to regulate itself effectively, we can get it back on track to what it was in its 20s and 30s," said Sinclair.
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