OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo 775-870-6942
Developing anti aging interventions for humans has gone from a dream to a reality.
For the past 20 or so years, a large number of discoveries have shown that interventions can increase the lifespan of invertebrates and laboratory rodents. The evidence of increased lifespan in humans via this data is anecdotal at best.
Nutritional, genetic and pharmacological intervention studies are robust in the scientific literature regarding animal models. But, it has also become apparent that we need much more scientific data than just “animal lifespan” to evaluate the translational potential of any proposed anti aging intervention in humans.
The tested animals may “live longer,” but the broader question is: What is the effect on the animals health and quality of life? In other words, how do the physiological functions of the tested animals change with age? Are they are altered? No study that the Healthy Aging Research Foundation (HARF) tested addressed this issue.
In future anti aging and lifespan studies, The Healthy Aging Research Foundation encourages scientists and reviewers alike to expect at minimum an overall assessment of health in several areas across multiple ages before an intervention is labeled as “increasing animal health,” or is branded “anti aging treatment.”
In addition, the Healthy Aging Research Foundation (HARF) strongly recommends that functional measurements be performed in both males and females so that sex differences 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 (HARF) in Reno, NV.
Though each article and/or opinion contained on this Blog is derived from published Clinical and Research data contained in various national and international databases with links provided, if used,
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