Can a person die of old age? What a profound question I'm asking, after all we see hundreds of old people everyday and I'm one of them, and I expect to die one day of old age. Isn't that what we all strive for, to live a long and healthy life?
Tick tock, tick tock time moves on and our bodies wear down.
It would be nice to die of old age if it were true, but in truth no one that has ever lived, has died of old age. He might be old when he died, but that's not what killed him. What people really mean when they say someone has died of old age is that they have succumbed to one of the diseases and circumstances that plague old people, such as cancer or heart attack or by having had an accident, like falling.
Most older people suffer some sort of health problem, but that does not mean disease goes hand-in-hand with ageing. Today seniors are living a longer and healthier life right up until their last days. That old saying,
'Youth does not guarantee good health and old age does not guarantee poor health.'
applies today more than ever.
What has been defined as ageing, the biological process of ageing is really: telomere shortening, where the protective caps on our chromosomes grow shorter leaving the ends and our DNA open to the elements, creating oxidative stress, like (rust) it eats away at it. Plus, glycation (sugars) are always eating away at our bodies proteins and fats. Once this process has started on its path of destruction, pathogens are allowed to slip in through these broken barriers, eventually causing death.
Just recently, in human history man has been able to slow the process of ageing through medical advances. If dyeing is the result of physically breaking down letting in disease then surely one day man will be able to stop dyeing, altogether.
Until then, when and if I become a centenarian, I think I'll just die of old age and leave it at that. I don't think I will want to wait and linger around any longer for a cure.
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