Biological Aging Is A Disease And It Is Time To Recognize It As Such

Biological Aging Is A Disease And It Is Time To Recognize It As Such

Aging is often described as a risk factor for disease (Niccoli and Partridge, 2012). Indeed, the risk for hundreds of diseases, the so called age-related diseases, is increased with age and some of these diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease) never occur in young people. I and others have argued that aging itself should be called a disease (Bulterijs et al., 2015; Gems, 2011, 2015; Lustgarten, 2016; Zhavoronkov and Bhullar, 2015). Interestingly, aging has been described as a ‘disease complex’ in the older literature (Perlman, 1953).

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