अमरत्व की ओर... पहला क़दम Heading towards Immortality

Author : Dr. P. D.GUPTA

Former Director Grade Scientist, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India


Those who are born, they do not want to die , modern science though albeit, but helping a lot to those who wants to live longer and putting lots of efforts to achieve immortality. With their efforts human beings are adding years to their life. Whether it’s worth to live forever or not, it’s a philosophical question, but here we would like to mention recently efforts made by the scientist.

In ancient Indian inscripts it is mentioned that 8 persons are said to be Chirangivy, they are namely, King Bali, Rishi Markandeya, Lord Parashurama, Vibhishana, Lord Hanuman, Veda Vyasa, Sage Kripacharya and Ashwatthama in addition to Trideva, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva who are existing in form of energy. It is also mentioned that many Rishis and Munis also lived generations together.(details are mentioned in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia under the heading “Chiranjivi “.) 

First of all we talk here about premature aging

There is a limit for everything even universe has limits. The largest living beig is banyan tree, which present in India. "Thimmamma's Banyan Tree, which is located in Anantapur, , Andhra Pradesh, India. Its canopy covers 19,107 m2 (4.721 acres), and it was recorded as the largest tree specimen in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.  

We bless our youngsters:”Sataau Bhav” means live for hundred years. By and large humans on an average live for hundred years. During my visit to UNESCO Institute of Gerontology in Tokyo, Japan, Scientists told me that maximum human can live up to 120 years and then they die.

Premature aging 

Premature aging is when the typical effects of growing older happen early. It's when your body looks older than your actual age. As you get older, your body’s internal processes — from skin cell turnover to workout recovery — slow down and take longer to complete or recharge.This leaves room for signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fatigue, to occur.These changes may be surprising if they happen earlier than expected.  It’s impossible to avoid these changes completely, but there are ways to reduce the signs of aging in your body — especially if they’re happening before you’re ready to embrace them. Here’s what to watch for, why it happens, and more.

Signs of premature aging

The most common signs of premature aging include: Skin changes like wrinkles, age spots, dryness, loss of skin tone, sagging skin.. The top layers of the skin become thinner and contain less  collagen, that give skin its shape. Therefore, hands other parts of the body may start to appear more veiny, thin, and prone to wrinkles. Many people develop patchy discoloration on their chest as they get older. Hair loss happens as the stem cells that trigger new hair growth in your hair follicles die off.

Causes premature aging

There are a couple of different factors that have a direct effect on how quickly these signs appear on your body.

The toxins in cigarette smoke and UV rays expose the skin to  cause dryness, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging.

There are some very rare genetic conditions that can cause you to show signs of aging in childhood and early puberty. These conditions are called progeria. It is rare1 in 1 million people  and develop between 13 and 30 years old.

Case of progeria. A progressive genetic

disorder that causes children to age rapidly.

Several lifestyle habits can contribute to how quickly the body shows signs of aging, even if they aren’t a primary cause. poor sleep quality is connected to increased signs of aging and a diminished skin barrier function.    Drinking (alcohol and caffeine in large quantities) and eating (more sugar and salt)   habits can damage your skin over time. (The author has his own study and views)

To be continued... in next article.