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Scientific Discovery and the Future of Medicine
October 2, 2018

Aging as a Biological Target for Prevention and Therapy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Aging Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
  • 2Department of Biology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
JAMA. 2018;320(13):1321-1322. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.9562

Chronic health problems related to the unprecedented aging of the human population in the 21st century threaten to disrupt economies and degrade the quality of later life throughout the developed world. Fortunately, research has shown that fundamental aging processes can be targeted by nutritional, genetic, and pharmacologic interventions to enhance and extend both health and longevity in experimental animal models. These findings clearly demonstrate that the biological rate of aging can be slowed.