Halting the Aging Process.

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    Aug 22, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    If the day comes when scientists figure out how to halt the aging process, would you do it and at what age would you like to stop the clock at?

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    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/may/01/scientists-ageing-process

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    Aug 22, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    I like to imagine a fairy tale instead. If I were an obsessed prince, I would steal's people heart, feed off it so I can be eternally youthful.
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    Aug 22, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    Reverse would be better in my case ... I think probably somewhere between 25 and 30.
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    Aug 22, 2013 5:18 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidReverse would be better in my case ... I think probably somewhere between 25 and 30.

    That's a good range. Same for me.
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    Aug 22, 2013 7:00 AM GMT
    I'd go back to 35. Maybe - But if you halt aging, how do you decide when to die? Can you imagine how crowded the world would be if no one died except in accidents?
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    Aug 22, 2013 7:04 AM GMT
    Well! It is often said that One who pursues Yoga on a daily basis can stay younger outwardly and at heart. The Outward aging may be delayed by few years.

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    Aug 22, 2013 7:05 AM GMT
    HikeSwimSkiSF saidI'd go back to 35. Maybe - But if you halt aging, how do you decide when to die? Can you imagine how crowded the world would be if no one died except in accidents?

    More people, more accidents. It solves itself.
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    Aug 22, 2013 12:19 PM GMT
    "It's not that people have begun to fuck like rabbits, it's that they stopped dropping like flies!"~~
    quote from someone (I cannot remember who)about the world population.
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    Aug 22, 2013 12:23 PM GMT
    Watch an incredibly horrible movie. Those two or so hours will seem like forever.
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    Aug 22, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    too late I am 42 haha.I would have stopped it at 28 lol.But maybe they will be able to reverse some of the nasty parts about aging.Ryan icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 22, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    I probably would, however it's an interesting thing to consider. The majority of negative side effects associated with aging are lifestyle issues. Therefore it's deconditioning, not actually getting older, that causes the so called "aging" process. Genetics do play a role for sure. But gaining weight as you get older is generally due to less physical activity and an increase in caloric intake. Poor skin is usually the result of not taking care of your skin by moisturizing, and overexposure to UV radiation (not judging cause I like everyone else have used a tanning bed). Not to mention the effect that smoking, drugs, and alcohol have on our internal organs and on our physical appearance. So really it seems that we already have the necessary tools to prevent or halt the aging process. The problem is that we don't want to put in the hard work.

  • Aug 22, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    Olympiclifter1992 saidI probably would, however it's an interesting thing to consider. The majority of negative side effects associated with aging are lifestyle issues. Therefore it's deconditioning, not actually getting older, that causes the so called "aging" process. Genetics do play a role for sure. But gaining weight as you get older is generally due to less physical activity and an increase in caloric intake. Poor skin is usually the result of not taking care of your skin by moisturizing, and overexposure to UV radiation (not judging cause I like everyone else have used a tanning bed). Not to mention the effect that smoking, drugs, and alcohol have on our internal organs and on our physical appearance. So really it seems that we already have the necessary tools to prevent or halt the aging process. The problem is that we don't want to put in the hard work.


    Agreed. And very well-said...
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    Aug 22, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    So many choices. The reproductive system starts to decline around age 18, so that's an option. The brain is fully mature around age 25, so that's another option. Personally I'm most attracted to men in their early 30's.

    However, I'll go with someone else's choice and not halt the aging process.
  • HottJoe

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    Aug 22, 2013 5:53 PM GMT
    Olympiclifter1992 saidI probably would, however it's an interesting thing to consider. The majority of negative side effects associated with aging are lifestyle issues. Therefore it's deconditioning, not actually getting older, that causes the so called "aging" process. Genetics do play a role for sure. But gaining weight as you get older is generally due to less physical activity and an increase in caloric intake. Poor skin is usually the result of not taking care of your skin by moisturizing, and overexposure to UV radiation (not judging cause I like everyone else have used a tanning bed). Not to mention the effect that smoking, drugs, and alcohol have on our internal organs and on our physical appearance. So really it seems that we already have the necessary tools to prevent or halt the aging process. The problem is that we don't want to put in the hard work.

    I've never used a tanning bed, and I haven't sunbathed since I was 20. I wear sunscreen on my face every day, whether I'm spending time outside or not.

    I'm naturally very pale, and I always felt social pressure to get tan. I figure this is the reason pale people go tanning.

    I'm curious why someone who already has a naturally olive complexion would lay out in the sun and go tanning.
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    Aug 22, 2013 6:33 PM GMT
    Olympiclifter1992 saidI probably would, however it's an interesting thing to consider. The majority of negative side effects associated with aging are lifestyle issues. Therefore it's deconditioning, not actually getting older, that causes the so called "aging" process. Genetics do play a role for sure. But gaining weight as you get older is generally due to less physical activity and an increase in caloric intake. Poor skin is usually the result of not taking care of your skin by moisturizing, and overexposure to UV radiation (not judging cause I like everyone else have used a tanning bed). Not to mention the effect that smoking, drugs, and alcohol have on our internal organs and on our physical appearance. So really it seems that we already have the necessary tools to prevent or halt the aging process. The problem is that we don't want to put in the hard work.

    Longevity is almost entirely genetics. Dogs have their short lives because of their genes and ours are longer because of ours. If someone were to live the perfect life as per your description they might look better when they reach 80, for example, but in the end it'll be their genes that cause the eventual failure of their body. Eating poorly, being sedentary, and such may shorten your life but no amount of perfect living, vitamin supplements, healthy eating, exercise, etc. will let you live longer than what's programmed into your genes.

    For example:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Fixx
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    Aug 22, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
    I never even understood tanning beds. But I did spend a huge part of life boating & swimming so have had more than my fair share of sun. Earlier in life I never used suntan lotion though I do now. Mom always used tons of the stuff but she wound up with age spots anyway. Now I'm getting them too. I think that's more from being her son than it is from being under the sun.

    As to worry about extending life in older ages, I thought I read somewhere a theory that if telomeres can be extended, that would reverse aging, not just delay it. According to a professor of an ageing studies class I took, if they learn to control that, you could be in your mid 20s/early 30s for 200 years.

    My big issue is the psychology of it. I could learn to live with lots of different careers and roles to play over 200 years. But there'd be a lot of love lost, accidental deaths, or sorts of shit and you'd have to live with that for a very long time and it could happen a lot of times during that long time.

    Just being widowed twice for me is really hard to deal with. I never stop thinking about the guys I loved. So for as long as they're dead, I think about them just about every day. That makes even a short life a long life. So for me to go 200 years, I would very much have to detach from love and I don't want that either. I'm happy with what life I get. It's enough.
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    Aug 22, 2013 8:50 PM GMT
    Helios69 saidIf the day comes when scientists figure out how to halt the aging process, would you do it and at what age would you like to stop the clock at?

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    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/may/01/scientists-ageing-process



    The only surefire way of halting the aging process is to die, basically...and that's when the decaying process kicks in - after 6 months, you lose most of the weight ;)
  • Musicman91

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    Aug 22, 2013 8:57 PM GMT
    I have my own magic flower to help keep my youth.

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    Aug 22, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    Go to a Gene therapy clinic, convert/kill of your DNA and become Asians! (like in that Bond 007 movie Die Another Day)! Hahaha, it's not fun to stay forever young! You do need to grow up and realize that you're older/more matured! Can you live in a gay world where all gay men act like say 21 years old princesses? Exactly@@
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    Aug 22, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    Ever see the movie 'In Time'? Nobody ages after 25...but currency is a bit different...check it out.

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    Aug 22, 2013 9:47 PM GMT
    I look forward to aging.
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    Aug 23, 2013 12:40 AM GMT
    theantijock saidI never even understood tanning beds. But I did spend a huge part of life boating & swimming so have had more than my fair share of sun. Earlier in life I never used suntan lotion though I do now. Mom always used tons of the stuff but she wound up with age spots anyway. Now I'm getting them too. I think that's more from being her son than it is from being under the sun.

    As to worry about extending life in older ages, I thought I read somewhere a theory that if telomeres can be extended, that would reverse aging, not just delay it. According to a professor of an ageing studies class I took, if they learn to control that, you could be in your mid 20s/early 30s for 200 years.

    My big issue is the psychology of it. I could learn to live with lots of different careers and roles to play over 200 years. But there'd be a lot of love lost, accidental deaths, or sorts of shit and you'd have to live with that for a very long time and it could happen a lot of times during that long time.

    Just being widowed twice for me is really hard to deal with. I never stop thinking about the guys I loved. So for as long as they're dead, I think about them just about every day. That makes even a short life a long life. So for me to go 200 years, I would very much have to detach from love and I don't want that either. I'm happy with what life I get. It's enough.


    On the other hand, being with someone who knows you and loves you (and your special spots)...over the course of 200 years...wouldn't that be nice?
  • reptile18

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    Aug 23, 2013 1:12 AM GMT
    [quote]
    On the other hand, being with someone who knows you and loves you (and your special spots)...over the course of 200 years...wouldn't that be nice?[/quote]

    They won't love you after 200 years...

    But as I am immune to love, now would be a good time to halt the aging process for me...
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Aug 23, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    WickedRyan saidtoo late I am 42 haha.I would have stopped it at 28 lol.But maybe they will be able to reverse some of the nasty parts about aging.Ryan icon_smile.gif


    I'm too late also, but if I could I agree with Ryan and would go back to age 28. You are at the peak of your prime years at that point.
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    Aug 23, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    I think I've already halted my aging process cause I haven't aged since like 18. icon_lol.gif