What Causes Aging, and How Can I Slow the Process?

Aging is an inevitable fact of life, but premature aging is not. Understanding its underlying causes is the first step towards putting the brakes on that process. To achieve that understanding, we want to go somewhat deeper than many other blog posts that suggest quick fixes or try to sell you some anti-aging elixir or other supplements that make claims they can’t deliver on.

Let’s get into a more complete explanation (and links to additional information) on what causes aging, and whether science is making any progress to try to help us slow the progression.

Portrait of casual modern senior man in denim on couch. You may be wondering what causes aging?

What Causes Aging?—The Science

Aging is a complex biological process influenced by both genetic and environmental factors, but there are some key contributors to premature aging, including these:

  • Cells become damaged over time as they are repeatedly exposed to environmental toxins, radiation, and normal metabolic processes—damage that can lead to cellular dysfunction and aging.
  • Accumulated DNA damage often results in cell mutations, which increases the risk of diseases associated with aging.
  • DNA is susceptible to damage from free radicals and environmental factors like those listed above.
  • Chronic inflammation can accelerate aging by promoting tissue damage and hindering the body’s ability to repair itself.

Unfamiliar Factors That Lead to Aging

Free radicals are unstable molecules produced during normal metabolic processes. When their balance with antioxidants is healthy, your body remains healthy. However, when free radical production overtakes antioxidants, the excess free radicals can cause oxidative stress, leading to cellular damage and aging. One of the key contributors to aging is oxidative stress caused by free radicals. These highly reactive molecules can damage cells and DNA, leading to premature aging. 

(Learn more about free radicals and oxidative stress here.)

How to Slow the Aging Process

As you likely gathered from the information above, aging is a natural process that can be accelerated by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. While we cannot halt aging entirely, scientific and medical research is making an incredible amount of headway toward slowing it. However, it must be noted that most data currently available is still based on animal studies.

Once we understand something better, the next thing to do is take proactive steps to promote healthy aging at a much slower pace. The following are simple in explanation, but difficult for people to do consistently;

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Develop proper sleep habits
  • Engage in stress management
  • Protect your skin from the sun

Consistency is the key to taking advantage of the benefits from these anti-aging components. These are not hacks or one-off fixes, but a way of life—elements that form an anti-aging lifestyle. Additionally, nurturing social connections and engaging your mind can contribute to a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life. Embrace this lifestyle, and you’ll be on your way to aging gracefully and maintaining your vitality while we wait hopefully for further scientific progress. 

Can Supplements Help?

One exciting option is Glutathione. Glutathione isn’t just another medical term. It’s an absolutely crucial antioxidant our bodies naturally churn out, and it plays a vital role in detoxification while optimizing many of our biological operations. Dive a little deeper, and you’ll find that this miracle molecule comprises three essential amino acids: glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. These big players are produced by our liver and are intricately involved in a myriad of our bodily processes.

Understanding Glutathione Injections and Their Power

  • Tissue Repair and Growth: Think faster tissue building and repair. This isn’t about just healing but also rejuvenating.
  • Bolstering Immunity: It plays a key role in ramping up our immune functions, prepping our bodies to tackle invaders.
  • Combatting Oxidative Stress: Reducing oxidative stress is crucial, and glutathione is our front-line defense against it.
  • Detoxification: Your liver and cells owe a lot to glutathione for detoxification.
  • Skin’s Best Friend: Boosting skin elasticity is one of its many talents.
  • Shielding Our Cells: It’s actively working to prevent cellular damage.
  • Comfort for Muscles & Joints: Experiencing muscle or joint discomfort? Glutathione might be your soothing companion.
  • Skin Conditions Improved: Conditions like psoriasis? Glutathione has been known to show improvements.
  • Boosting Metabolism: Aiding in fat burning, glutathione can be a partner in your weight loss journey.
  • Arthritis and Diabetes Damage Control: It fights the adverse effects of arthritis and mitigates damage triggered by diabetes.

Moreover, there’s growing interest in its potential anti-aging capabilities and its promising role in treating conditions like fatty liver disease, cystic fibrosis, and even heart disease by its action against cell damage. Some studies even spotlight its possible preventative measures against nerve damage, especially when caused by cancer medications like cisplatin.

Glutathione injections might just be the unsung hero in the vast world of wellness and health. When it comes to tapping into our body’s natural resources, this is one powerhouse we should pay attention to. You can learn more about them from your TCT provider and injections are available to our in-clinic and Telemedicine Services patients!

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(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C

(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C started his career in healthcare as a fireman/paramedic in West Texas where he served on the Midland Fire Department from 1998-2004.   He became interested in testosterone treatment after seeing how hormone replacement doctors helped those suffering from low testosterone.   After graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program, he moved to DFW where he currently lives with his wife and three children.

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