Unless someone discovers the elixir of eternal youth, everyone will go through the aging process. Unfortunately, it’s discomforting for a lot of people. Along with it are the many physical changes you may not like, such as the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
But then, why do people age? How come others age gracefully, while others grow old so fast? To answer these questions, perhaps it’s time to look at our genes.
What Are Genes?
If the DNA is the blueprint of life, the genes outline your heritage. After all, it’s the unit in your body that contains the traits you inherited from your birth parents. This explains why you have the same hair as your mom or eyes as your dad. Over the years, scientists have used genes and DNA to trace a person’s or animal’s ancestry that go back thousands of years ago.
Relationship between Genes and Aging
Think of genes as containing the instructions on your body composition and how it reacts to certain changes and stimuli. When you do, you can begin to understand the intimate connection between aging and genetic factors. The latter, as it turns out, is the reason for the variation of aging like the tendency of the cells to mutate, accumulate cellular errors, and shortening of telomeres. All of these spell aging.
What Can You Do?
If genes play a role in aging, does this mean there’s nothing you can do? The answer is no, simply because there are other factors that can influence how you grow old. A 2014 Tel Aviv University study revealed calorie restriction may turn off aging genes. Phytomer added that high-quality beauty products, such an eye contour cream, could improve moisture and supplements collagen that delay the appearance of wrinkles.
In the end, your lineage is not the “be all, end all” when it comes to aging. When you control the other factors, such as your environment, lifestyle, and diet, you can slow down the aging process.