by Pamela Thompson, NET News
Madonna Proactive Fitness in Lincoln offers members classes outside the realm of physical exercise on such topics as nutrition, arthritis, and mindfulness. (Photo by Pamela Thompson, NET News)
Dr. Thomas Rando, M.D., Ph.D., delivered the Denham Harman lecture at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. (Photo by Pamela Thompson, NET News)
Since socializing is a component of aging successfully, EngAge Wellness encourages coffee and conversation at the Omaha facility. (Photo by Pamela Thompson, NET News)
Carl Herbin works out at Madonna Proactive Fitness, her "home away from home" six mornings a week. (Photo by Pamela Thompson, NET News)
May 11, 2018 - 6:45am
A Stanford University researcher who has been studying the biology of aging for decades says there's no easy answer for delaying the aging process except to stick to what your mother told you, which is diet and exercise.
On average, most Americans are living to the age of 78. Only residents of Japan and the United Kingdom live longer. One researcher who studies the biology of aging says there’s no easy answer to delaying the aging process.
Dr. Thomas Rando of Stanford University studies the aging process in stem cells and how tissues repair themselves.
While Rando’s team has found a way to make stem cells in old muscles more like those in young muscles and heal wounds more quickly, there’s still not a silver bullet yet for medically reversing age.
Dr. Thomas Rando is professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and founding director of the Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Stanford University. (Photo by Pamela Thompson, NET News)
Instead, he said we should focus on adding balance to one’s days rather than adding time to one’s years.
“I think it’s becoming increasing common that the interest in studying aging is not to have people live longer but to have people live better,” Rando said.
Rando visited Omaha recently and told a University of Nebraska Medical Center audience that by understanding the basic mechanisms of aging, the secret to aging well, is no secret.
“Having studied this now for decades, sadly it comes down to things your mother would have told you, which is diet and exercise,” Rando said.
Rando said multiple studies suggest maintaining a balanced diet, which is to say, basically not eating too much, and regular exercise, can have a profound impact on one’s health and consequently, one’s life-span.
“And it’s really about what we call health-span, which is this…