When aging cells stop dividing and producing new cells, they build up and promote aging in adjacent cells. However, what happens when the aging, or senescent, cells are efficiently cleared from the body? According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, removing the senescent cells could slow the body’s aging process, resulting in tighter, wrinkle-free skin.
The researchers used two groups of mice and treated one group starting in their youth and treated the other after they aged. The treatment destroyed the senescent cells, which caused them to be discharged from the body. Both groups experienced fewer cataracts, less muscle loss, and less wrinkle-causing fat loss, especially in the group that had been “pre-treated.” According to the researchers, removing the living cells that had stopped dividing allowed for the healthy, reproducing cells to flourish. Additionally, removing senescent cells decreased levels of harmful build-up and inflammation produced by the cells.
All bodies produce senescent cells, but in old age, more are produced and the body does not remove the cells as fast. Many scientists believe that senescent cells are responsible for many aspects of aging. If this is the case, the research could help develop new anti-aging procedures that treat and remove senescent cells.
Though the report is certainly exciting news, Dr. Zimmet advises that his patients only engage in procedures that are approved by the FDA. If you would like to discuss options for smoothing wrinkles or lessening the effects of aging, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.
The next time you sit down to take your daily multivitamin, you might want to reconsider. Recent studies have shown that some vitamins may not ward off disease, and in fact may contribute to the development of some illnesses.
Two separate reports, both published in reputable academic journals, observed 35,000 men and 38,000 women, some in a control group and some who took vitamins over a long time period. The results were surprising: the men who took more vitamins were slightly more likely to develop prostate cancer, and the women who took their daily supplements had a higher risk of death. The results were not statistically significant enough to claim that vitamins cause cancer, but they seem to indicate that consuming excessive vitamins–particularly in pill form–could be a waste of money.
Vitamins, supplements, and antioxidant pills have gained popularity over the past few years, but most doctors still recommend that individuals get their vitamins and minerals from the food they eat. A diet consisting mainly of nutritious fruits, vegetables, and grains should provide the average person with most necessary vitamins. Taking extra supplements has empirically been linked to heart disease, several cancers, and other serious health conditions. The studies, however, did not examine the benefits of multi-vitamins for individuals suffering from serious vitamin and nutrient deficiency, and several have claimed that calcium actually lowers the risk of death, particularly in women.
If you would like to discuss your nutrition choices with Dr. Zimmet, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.