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  1. #1 Could age be caused by nutrition deficit? 
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    What if its not about how much you eat, but WHAT you eat?

    Humans are animals of habit and nomatter how much youd want to deny it we get caught in very limited food patterns looking at the grand scale of what is actually available to us. Same goes for animals aswell, most tend to be very picky about food and limit it alot right?

    What im thinking is, what if age is the body slowly getting teared down because we always lack something the body need and the body constantly have to make up for this? So replication of cells get slowly weaker and weaker causing age - not because of time but because we are always in a deficit of the optimal nutrition intake?

    Im not an expert just tossing my thoughts out there.


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    no. Its genetics we are programmed to age, die, and often age a certain way. Thats why some people who eat basically the same as others live longer. My great grandfather is 110 and most of my family lives to about 100. They live in Mexico where nutrition is hardly ideal and they live much longer than Americans who have significantly better diets and medical care. You see if people did not age and die as we do we would eventually destroy life.


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    I'm pretty sure it can play a role, but I agree with Chisco: even among pairs of people who have the same diet, some people's genes are simply longer lived. The oldest guy I ever met personally, at 94, was a chain smoker, or at least he always had a cigarette when I saw him.

    Probably diet was a strong driver for the shorter life spans of people in the Middle Ages, because a bad diet can create chronic health problems over time that eventually add up and kill you.
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    Two words for you: oxidative stress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadu
    Two words for you: oxidative stress.
    Hasn't oxidative stress never been proven and it was just enhanced in value as it had commercial potential?

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    Oxidation stress has been somewhat linked to the appearance of aging (ie wrinkling skin, hair loss) but not to actual length of life.

    If you want more of a hint into what may cause aging look at the research that won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Medicine; RNA interference. Although this to is hardly the answer its probably on the right track.

    In short, the theory related to this is that we age because over time our DNA gets worn down and defective. You can look up more about it if you just google it.
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    I've heard that the only proven method for increasing lifespan is restricting calorie consumption. I don't know of any other methods that work other than the usual and obvious, "don't do drugs, don't smoke, ect." Here is a link to eating less and living longer which also has some information on other possible methods that are just speculation at this point.


    http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/...-calories.html
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