Scientists understand better why we grow old – and more fully explain the cellular changes that drive our bodies and brains to decline.
This study led to people like David Sinclair, a geneticist at Harvard Medical University, and Peter Atia, a lifelong physician and oncologist, to challenge conventional wisdom that aging is inevitable.
Sinclair believes that people of the future will live decades longer than we do, thanks to biological and technological interventions already discovered.
In brief: A better understanding of the mechanisms of aging has led to promising treatments to slow, stop and even reverse the symptoms of aging. And thus the return of the watch is not just about more life; it's about prolonging healthy, vital years. Can pills that mimic the positive benefits of exercise, at least in mice, be effective for humans? And what is this harbinger of the future if we are all going to live decades longer?
This season of Future You is dedicated to the human body and what opportunities we will have in the coming decades. You can find the latest episodes on YouTube or at npr.org/futureyou. And send us your ideas for upgrading people: Email us at email@example.com, or contact us via Twitter Instagram or Facebook.