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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 extensionA 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.
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