Aging is a normal process in the body that changes the structure and functions of the body from middle age onward.
The cells that make up our body are constantly renewing themselves. In all our organs, cells are renewed by cell division but their ability to divide is limited.
At the end of their ability to replicate, the cells die without being replaced. Aging is linked to an imbalance between this degradation process and the reconstruction process.
Aging is accompanied by a decrease in the body’s functional capacities: our organs change their functioning and our body loses its capacity to adapt to situations of aggression. Progress in research now makes it possible to better understand certain factors involved in this ageing process.
However, aging is a complex and multifactorial phenomenon that is probably not the result of a single mechanism. In the aging process we know the important role :
- Free radicals and oxidative stress
- Chronic inflammation
- Non-enzymatic glycation of proteins
Certain environmental factors participate in the destruction process and thus accelerate aging by increasing oxidative stress, inflammation and/or glycation.
These environmental factors are mainly: unbalanced diet, sedentary lifestyle, stress, sunlight, pollution, tobacco… At the same time, we are not all equal in the face of ageing: although the longevity gene does not exist, each individual nevertheless has his or her own genetic “map”, which makes him or her more or less sensitive to the environment.
Researchers today are very interested in epigenetics. Epigenetics is the science that studies the impact of the environment on gene expression. What we eat, drink, the air we breathe, our stress level… can modify the functioning of the genes we inherit at birth. Epigenetics helps us understand that not everything is written in our genes. How we behave during our lives will either activate or inhibit the expression of certain genes. We are partly responsible for our health. This is all the preventive medicine of tomorrow. Aging, although inevitable, can be slowed down or accelerated depending on one’s lifestyle.
It is therefore possible to influence ageing by acting on lifestyle (diet, physical activity, stress management…) and on certain biological mechanisms (oxidative stress and glycation). This is the whole point of the anti-ageing consultation and the anti-ageing programme that will be in place. Follow our blog, additional information and advice will follow.
Your Cabinet Delets team wishes you excellent health and remains at your disposal for any additional questions you may have during your appointment with the specialist.