• Question: Can you reverse aging?

    Asked by angeredwalrus to Alex, Amy, Andy, Georgia, Ollie on 16 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Georgia Campbell

      Georgia Campbell answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      Not yet, sadly – we can’t stop people aging either. Aging research really focuses on aging healthily rather than trying to stop people from aging – it wouldn’t be very good to live for a hundred years longer if we still started to get frail and get aging diseases at the same time as we do now! Maybe when we’ve found a way to maintain people’s vitality for longer then we can work on finding ways to stop, or reverse aging.

    • Photo: Amy Reeve

      Amy Reeve answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      Not yet, mainly because we don’t yet fully understand what causes ageing. Ageing is the biggest risk factor for a number of diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. If we can understand why cells get worn out and damaged as we age then this should also help us understand a bit more about these diseases as well as knowing more about ageing in general 🙂