Learn why and how the body deteriorates as life goes on and offers an easy-read overview of new solutions coming out of current studies of aging.
Wrinkles and gray hairs and misplaced keys—the obvious signs of getting older. Surprisingly, all of the miniscule events in our cells and organs that are responsible for aging begin their deterioration in our third decade. This book explains what is going on inside cells and organs that result in the outward appearances of aging. Readers will discover what causes skin to sag, hair to turn gray, blood vessels to stiffen, and other, mostly unwelcome events. Finally, and probably most importantly, the reader will be introduced to what can be done to stop or reverse this process. Beth Bennett provides an easy-to-read introduction to the science of aging: why and how the body deteriorates. She uses real world analogies to explain the chemical and cellular processes taking place in the body, along with newly-discovered solutions emerging from basic research labs.
This book takes readers on a journey through many of their body processes, starting with the molecules in the cell, moving through the structures inside cells, into interactions between cells, tissues and organs making up our complex aging bodies. This progression will allow readers to appreciate how those age-related changes develop, and how interventions to mitigate those ill effects can act. Bennett explores the effects of aging in body systems that are important to all of us as we age: skin, muscle, bone, heart, and brain. In each of these body components, Bennett connects novel, science-based interventions with lifestyle modifications that extend health, as opposed to simply extending life.
Beth Bennett, PhD, is a geneticist, with over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and a background in evolutionary genetics and the science of aging. She taught college biology for 30 years at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she currently produces a radio show on science. She blogs on all things relating to aging.