life extension

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life extension

Etymology: AS, lif, life; L, extenere, to stretch out
the process of extending the life span of an individual or population by intervention that promotes better use of preventive medicine and use of established diagnostic and therapeutic facilities.

life extension

A general term for any manoeuvre intended to increase longevity and vitality. Life-extending activities include a healthy diet, smoking cessation, drinking alcohol in moderation, exercise and reduction in stress; life-extending modalities (e.g., Gerovital and Live Cell Therapy) are of dubious efficacy.

life extension

The prolongation of life with healthful practices, e.g., regular exercise, balanced diet, abstaining from tobacco, and limiting consumption of alcohol.
Synonym: age retardation; biomedical gerontology; experimental gerontology
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There has been much interest among life extensionists in resveratrol, a substance found on the skin of red grapes which some scientists believe has been shown to extend the life span of nematode worms.
A majority of these life extensionists follow a healthy lifestyle and usually possess high levels of health literacy.
Up to 50 and more different substances are usually comprising a typical supplement program of extreme life extensionists.
So would it be too presumptuous then for life extensionists to start taking, let's say, about 5 mg/kg per body weight in order to benefit from the speculative positive antidiabetic, anti-obesity, and pro-mitochondrial effects before all studies about pharmacokinetics and dosimetry of resveratrol in humans have been done?
Resveratrol is just one example, as there is certainly a large, bona fide antiaging pharmacopoeia out there already in use for a considerable period of time by seemingly healthy individuals--the life extensionists.
These meta-analyses do not display the "real life" situation about the advanced nutraceutical regimens, which are typically used by life extensionists.
My interest in life extensionists in far-off lands was a major motivation for me to attend the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine conference in Thailand.
Each year, we fund a scholarship program that brings the most committed life extensionists under age 31 to South Florida.

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