OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo 775-870-6942
News Flash! Humans are neither mice nor invertebrates!
Over the past number of years, a growing amount of studies and discoveries have shown that genetic, pharmacological, and nutritional interventions increase the lifespan of invertebrates and laboratory rodents. But what about humans?
Anti aging interventions are no longer a dream. They are a reality.
However we need more information than just age and lifespan to evaluate the potential of any proposed anti aging intervention to humans.
As we look at lengthening lifespan, what are the health/physiological implications? How is the quality of life affected with an increased lifespan? Not easy questions but necessary ones.
HARF encourages scientists, investigators and reviewers alike to consider not just increased lifespan, but also increased health along with lifespan.
It is important that investigators indicate any tests in which the treated group did worse from the controls because the assessment of overall health is tricky at best from a clinical perspective.
Nothing discovered to date improves every aspect of health.
Finally, we strongly recommend that functional measurements be performed in both males and females so that sex differences in the rate of functional decline in different sexes are taken into consideration.
Yours in Health!
Dr. Ken Romeo
Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research Foundation in Reno, NV.
Though each article contained on this Blog is derived from published Clinical and Research data contained in various national and international databases with links provided,
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